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State President II

With the conclusion of the Grand Agg yesterday afternoon, our readers might be forgiven for thinking that the main event for individual shooting was complete. However, in South Africa, there is still the State Presidents 2nd and 3rd stages, the former of which was to be shot this morning.

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State President I

Thursday is a long day of individual shooting; 5 distances, and then tie-shoots for those lucky enough to make them! First order of business is the 1st stage of the State President’s. This is the South African Bisley Union’s equivalent of HM the Kings Prize back home in the UK. With 7 scoring shots each at 300, 500 and 600m.

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!

Graham Nelson
England
Cap #:
907
Big 5 Caps:
11

Graham started shooting at Stamford School and then the Athelings, progressing to Newcastle University and the GB Under 25 team where he gained his first experience of shooting in South Africa. Time adjusting to the realities of grown-up life as a Junior Doctor meant that representational shooting sat on the back burner until an NRA tour of the Channel Islands in 2014. This has since been followed by two GB tours and several National and Mackinnon matches for England. Graham is the manager of the English Lions talent development squad and is the Membership Secretary for the English Twenty Club (the governing body for fullbore target shooting in England).

When not on the ranges Graham can be found at work as a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in the Oesophageal and Intestinal Failure surgery, or at home with his very understanding and supportive wife Sophie and their two children Charlie and Annabelle.

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.

David Armstrong
SB2
England
Cap #:
704
Big 5 Caps:
26

David first started shooting at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, in 1983 and has shot the Imperial Meeting at Bisley every year since, apart from 1997 when he was working in Tokyo. This will be David’s 10th GB tour, and a long awaited return to Bloemfontain having only visited twice before in 1999 as an individual alongside the last SA Palma, and ten years later in 2009 with the Old Guildfordians team.

David’s top achievements to date include making 21 Queen’s Finals (coming 2nd twice, most recently in 2012) and 17 top 50 finishes in the Grand. He has been part of the winning GB Palma Teams in Ottawa in 2007, Brisbane in 2011 and Camp Perry in 2015, and is very much hoping to make the 2024 Palma team. Away from Bisley, David is an accountant for the Civil Aviation Authority, managing a government-backed trust fund.

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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…

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GBRT South Africa 2023 team announcement
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