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Rest Day

There is no shooting on Sundays at the South African Championships and as a result the day is given up for rest, recovery and recharging of the batteries in whatever way squad members felt suited them best.

Scottish Sword

The SABU championship kicks off today, with the pre-grand warm-ups, and the Hamilton team match in the afternoon. With an 8am first detail, alarms were set at an unsociable 5:45 to allow time for breakfast, packing the vans, and getting to the range for 7:15

Free State Championships

Friday signalled the start of individual competition shooting in the Free State Championships, the traditional warm-up to the South African Champs (or SA Bisley as they call it). Course of fire was to be 2 sighters and 10 to count at 300m and 800m, and 2 sighters and 11 to count at 600m and 900m, shot in distance order.

Featured Team Members

Derek Lowe
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Derek began his shooting in the cadet force at RGS Guildford, moving on to the Athelings in 1991, Oxford University over 1991 – 1994 and the Surrey county team since the late 1990s. He has been fortunate enough to represent England or Great Britain in various guises in Australia, Canada, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

This tour will be Derek’s 5th to South Africa, and 3rd as Adjutant. Keenest at long range and in a team environment, he also spends a lot of time in match rifle. Aside from coaching and shooting (usually in that order), Derek sits on various committees in order to delay the inevitable moments when he has to leave Bisley. He is an experienced charity trustee both in shooting circles and at the church he attends in central London, and works in corporate finance as a Group Company Secretary.

Matthew Ensor
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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.

Theo Dodds
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Theo started shooting with an air rifle in his back garden at the age of 4 but more formally got into the sport at the age of 13 at Tonbridge School. He got his first opportunity for a Great Britain tour with the GB U21 team to the 2015 World Championships and has been progressing through the teams with a tour to South Africa with the GB U25s in 2017 and the New Zealand World Championships in 2019.

A keen Smallbore shooter, he became the youngest in history to “do the double” by winning the Earl Roberts and the X Class Grand Agg in the 2019 Bisley Smallbore Meeting.

In 2021 he received his first GB Cap in the Kolapore team, something he is extremely proud of. Now an Officer in the Royal Navy, Theo is very grateful to receive support from his Service as he aims to secure a spot in the Palma team in 2024.

David Luckman
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David will be touring South Africa for an eighth time having first visited with the Great Britain team 25 years ago. He is looking forward to the opportunity to catch up with friends both local and from other international teams following an unforeseen four year break from touring.

David’s successes include winning HM the Queens Prize (twice), Grand Aggregate (3 times), the St George’s (4 times) and four Gold Medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2015, after a long eight years, he finally managed to shed the title of ‘the oldest ever World Individual Long Range rifle champion’ but his new long term goal is to one day regain that title.

David started shooting with Sedgemoor Target Shooting Club and represents Somerset. He is married to Susie and they live in Bristol with their son Thomas and daughter Sophie. When he has time, David is a keen sports player and enjoys cycling, tennis, and swimming.

Meet the Team

Tour Information

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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