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Training Day

The breakfast buffet was pretty busy this morning, as all of GB, GBU25, England, and USA turned up at 6am. A relatively late breakfast, compared to the rest of the tour where we’ll be up an hour earlier, but today was a practice day with a gentler start.

Preparation

After the excitement and stresses of traveling, and an impressive thunderstorm overnight, Wednesday was set to be a day of rest and preparation. Some squad members started the morning in the gym or the pool, others opted to take advantage of one of a very small number of lie in days on the tour.

Arrival

The team landed at Johannesburg shortly after 1030 this morning, about an hour ahead of schedule. Immigration and baggage reclaim went remarkably smoothly, and even processing 41 rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition was surprisingly speedy.

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).

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.

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!

 

Hannah Cook
England
Cap #:
936
Big 5 Caps:
1

Hannah’s introduction to shooting sure isn’t the norm. At the tender age of 7, she could be found shooting tin cans in the garden, but was finally taken to a ‘real club’ at the age of 11. At the age of 14, she got the ‘Bug’ for international shooting, and competed at the 2006 World Championships in both 50m prone (Junior Women’s), and 300m (Senior Women’s). While studying at Wellington College, she began her Target Rifle career, breaking her Tyro at the first attempt. The Team to South Africa is her debut on the GB Target Rifle stage, and she is hoping to bring some of her extensive GB knowledge with her.

Off the range, Hannah can be found donning on her Physiotherapy uniform and working on a respiratory ward.

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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