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Reflections

Our tour to South Africa officially ended in the early hours of Monday morning when we touched down at Heathrow. Much of the 48 hours since has been spent unpacking, sleeping and spending time with families (and work) and for most of us has been somewhat of a blur. Co-incidentally, today marks exactly 1 year to go until the 2024 Palma Long Range World Championship match, and as such it seems an appropriate time to pause and reflect on our tour.

Protea Match

This morning saw the second of our two team matches, the Protea match, and is considered the most prestigious match in South Africa. GB Teams have competed in various international ‘test matches’ in South Africa from the first overseas tour to visit in 1921 but the first time a GB team competed in the Protea Match, as it is now named, was in 1998. This will be GB’s 15th appearance in the Protea match, and it is well known to be hard to win against South Africa on their home soil.

GBRT Win Protea…by 1 point!

The Great Britain Rifile Team have contested a closely fought match with South Africa, USA and England. South Africa led by two points going into the final range but, as the result of some exceptional wind coaching, GBRT were able to overcome that deficit and win by a solitary point. We would like to congratulate the other teams, and particularly South Africa, on producing a match of the closest margins…
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Featured Team Members

Nick Tremlett
GM SB
England
Cap #:
661
Big 5 Caps:
59

Long in the shooting tooth is a fair description of Nick – and that was 5 years ago! Shooting at international level since 1976, Nick has the distinction of having toured with GB before most of this team were born. Dabbling in both target and match rifle Nick has won the Queen’s Prize and the Hopton, and a few other trophies along the way. He was captain of the undefeated GB team to South Africa in 2017, a tour during which he also won the South Africa President’s Prize. By profession he is a semi-retired vet, and has had to minister to ailing team members on previous tours – much to their consternation!

Bill Richards
SM SB
England
Cap #:
685
Big 5 Caps:
78

This will be Bill’s twelfth GB tour and his fourth to South Africa, including once with England in 2009. Although best known as a coach, Bill has appeared in the final of HM Queen’s Prize final 25 times and 18 times in the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate, so he can occasionally point his rifle in the right direction.

Bill has been a Maths teacher since 2003 and is extremely grateful to his school for allowing him time off during term time to tour. When Bill isn’t teaching or on the range, Bill is involved in running Space Design Competitions, inspiring the next generation of rocket scientists! He is rarely found without his Kindle, reading mostly a diet of science fiction and fantasy.

Chris Mitchell
England
Cap #:
914
Big 5 Caps:
9

Chris began shooting at the Oratory School in 2003 before continuing at Exeter University. A good few years later and Chris has shot with both England and GB both on home soil and abroad. He is the Berkshire County captain and part of the Cardinals rifle club. Chris is looking forward to returning to Bloemfontein having last shot there with the GB U19’s in 2009.

Outside of shooting Chris works as an engineer for London Underground. Having tried his hand at most other sports and convincing himself that shooting wasn’t taking up enough of his time, Chris can be found running marathons, ultramarathons and the occasional triathlon.

Glyn Barnett
GM3 GC3 SC3
England
Cap #:
713
Big 5 Caps:
80

Glyn is an Emergency Medicine Consultant and is planning not to use his medical skills whilst on tour.

His first Bisley Imperial was in 1985 at the age of 14 and earned his Great Britain Cap in 1990. He’s been fortunate enough to have toured many times, but mostly in the 20th Century. This will only be his third tour in this Millennium, all of which have been to the General De Wet range. He holds 4 “Palma” Team medals, 4 Commonwealth Games medals (including Pairs Gold in 2006) and is one of 5 people to have won Her Majesty the Queen’s Prize 3 times. His family of girls (and The Dog) keep him on his toes and in his rightful place in the pecking order.

Meet the Team

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Captain’s Foreword

My family has a long tradition of fullbore rifle shooting with substantial links to South Africa. My Grandfather Major Tom Anstey, captained the 1953 GB Team to South Africa whilst my father, Major David Scott-Langley, was Adjutant to the 1963 GB Team. In 1993 I made my first trip to South Africa as a member of that year’s Great Britain Rifle Team…

South Africa 2023 Team Announcement

GBRT South Africa 2023 team announcement
I am delighted to announce the names of those selected for the GB Rifle Team to South Africa, touring in March 2023…
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