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RSA International Match

This morning was brimming with anticipation as our first international match, the RSA International, was scheduled for the afternoon. With the team announced yesterday, our armourers had spent yesterday evening making the required ammunition tuned to each of the shooters rifles.

U25 RSA International

Tuesday’s dawn broke with slightly cooler air on a fresh breeze and 3 of the top 4 places of the Grand Aggregate occupied by GB team members (the other being a GB Vet Jeremy Tuck).

Start of the Grand

The SABU Grand Aggregate starts today, and with that the traditional opening ceremony at 7am. All nations competing are invited to raise a flag after the SA National anthem and official welcome from General Mack.

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).

Jason Pepera-Hibbert
England
Cap #:
938
Big 5 Caps:
2

Jason began shooting at Wellington College under the watchful eye of Nigel Ball, another member of the team. As a 2016 Atheling, Jason became obsessed with wind-reading and team coaching.

Whilst studying at Exeter University, Jason spent his holidays going on tour with the NRA Team 2018 and the GB U25 Team to the World Championships NZ 2019 where he placed 4th individually and 2nd in the team match (as a shooter!). If you’ve ever talked to Jason, you would know he loves difficult and changing wind conditions, so naturally his favourate range to date is Trentham, NZ. The range in Bloemfontein is also known for its challenging conditions, so naturally he is excited to experience it first hand.

This will be Jason’s first senior GB Tour and he is looking forward to working with such a strong team in an effort to win back the Palma Trophy in 2024.

Jack Alexander
Ireland
Cap #:
921
Big 5 Caps:
28

Jack Alexander started fullbore shooting at the age of 13 under the supervision of his father, leading on to a number of years shooting with Wiltshire ACF. As with many of his shooting friends he caught the bug and never looked back. Jack went on to shoot for Ireland followed by his first GBU25 tour to America 2015, where he took part in his first World championships, picking up individual and team golds. Jack’s other individual shooting highlight is representing Ireland in two Commonwealth Games.

Outside of shooting Jack has a plumbing business. He also likes to find as much time as possible to head in to the mountains to hike, climb and take part in many outdoor activities.

Nick Healy
Ireland
Cap #:
937
Big 5 Caps:
20

Nick started shooting in 1998 with the Army Cadets in Northern Ireland and has since represented the Athelings, Ulster, the British Army, the UK Armed Forces and Ireland.

The highlights of Nick’s shooting career include coming 4th in the final of HM Queen’s Prize in 2017 and being selected as reserve for Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Nick is particularly excited for his first GB cap to come as part of the Palma Squad.

He is fortunate enough to have toured South Africa before with the Army and is looking forward to returning to Bloemfontein – the biltong won’t eat itself!

 

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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