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GBRT Friends & Family Day – 11th Sep 2022

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If you’ve been wondering why people fall in love with Bisley, this is your chance to find out! This afternoon event is perfect for anyone wanting to give shooting a go… This event has now happened, please visit regularly for future F&F days.

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…

Featured Team Members

Derek Lowe
England
Cap #:
774
Big 5 Caps:
16

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.

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.

Theo Dodds
Wales
Cap #:
922
Big 5 Caps:
21

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.

Paul Sykes
SC
England
Cap #:
854
Big 5 Caps:
19

Paul started shooting with his father, having spent many a year at Bisley “on holiday” as a child. In his early years, he captained The Perse School and University of London. His first shooting tour to South Africa was in 2004 as Adjutant of the GB Under 25 Team. He gained his first senior international honours as part of the England National Match team that same year, first toured with GB in 2008 and made his first Palma Team in 2011.

After a brief hiatus flirting with the world of cycling and writing his PhD thesis, Paul returned to shooting in 2018 with a bang finishing 4th in the Grand Aggregate and completing his “Big Five” following selection for the Kolapore Match. He topped this by winning the Silver Cross (2nd in the Grand) the following year, his highest individual honour. Other highlights include seven top 50 Grand finishes, 13 HM The Queen’s finals and winning the Welsh Open. This is his fourth GB tour and fifth trip to South Africa.

Away from shooting, Paul is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Queen Alexander Hospital, Portsmouth. In what little spare time he has, he enjoys skiing down big mountains and cycling back up them.

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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