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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

Jeremy Langley
England
Cap #:
700
Big 5 Caps:
64

Jeremy (a third-generation shooter from Devon) is a seasoned international shot and coach having toured for Great Britain on 18 previous occasions (including five tours to South Africa – spanning three decades). In 2017 he was Nick Tremlett’s Vice-Captain in South Africa where he main coached all three winning matches, including the most recent Australia Match.

As GB Captain for both this tour and the 2024 Palma, Jeremy has been working with a large GB Squad for the last two years. This ‘pre-Palma’ tour is a great way for the team to experience the challenges of shooting in South Africa and Jeremy is greatly looking forward to renewing old friendships forged by many years of international competition.

In his spare time when not shooting or coaching, he and his wife Judy can be found chasing after their two sons Benjamin (16) & Harry (11).

Matthew Ensor
England
Cap #:
848
Big 5 Caps:
49

Matthew started shooting in 1992 at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. This will be his 14th overseas tour and his 5th to South Africa, having previously visited with GB (2008, 2017), England (2009) and first with the GB Under 25s in 2000.

While Matthew has enjoyed a smattering of individual shooting successes, including winning the Scottish Sword in 2009 and being selected to shoot for England in the Mackinnon in 2022, he feels most at home wind coaching in team matches. Matthew was a target coach in GB teams that set the current match records for both the RSA International and Protea Teams Matches. He also won the inaugural Arthur Clarke Memorial medal for top target score in the 2015 Palma Match, scoring 1783 ex 1800.

When not on the range, Matthew works in Higher Education. He and Sarah live in Chelmsford with their young son, Arthur.

Nigel Ball
GC SM SC
England
Cap #:
721
Big 5 Caps:
66

Nigel began his shooting career in the Royal Navy and shot very successfully with a variety of service weapons. After winning the Queens Medal with his SLR he looked to branch out into other arenas and began serious target rifle shooting. A successful GB team to Canada in 1991 gave him an appetite for touring and he has been in several teams since, taking him to various parts of the globe.

He relishes big team shooting, has been lucky to have been involved with GB Palma since 2003 and thoroughly enjoys the cameraderie that makes up this type of team. When he has spare time he enjoys a glass of red wine, good food and training the next generation of GB shooters.

Chloë Evans
Wales
Cap #:
885
Big 5 Caps:
26

Chloë first picked up a rifle in 2008 at Gresham’s School under the leadership of Freddie Grounds. Since then, she has been lucky enough to tour Jersey, Canada, West Indies and USA representing OGRE, GBU25 and GB. Chloë represents Norfolk & Wales and is especially proud to have been part of Wales’s historic first win in the National in 2016.

In 2022, Chloë was honoured to be selected to shoot the Kolapore, made her 7th HM Queen’s Final and made the top 10 in both the Grand Aggregate and the St George’s Final. This will be Chloë’s 3rd Great Britain tour but her first visit to South Africa and she is greatly looking forward to the challenges Bloemfontein holds. Away from shooting, Chloë is a keen reader and avid sports fan (particularly rugby) and more recently, to stave off lockdown boredom, got into running.

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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