SA Palma Team 2015

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SOUTH AFRICA IN SHOOTING 1995 - 2015 Exactly twenty years on from the re-appearance of South Africa on the International Fullbore stage, certain appealing characteristics come to mind. The first is the enduring nature of the friendships brought together in a common bond. Not only internally, where a mutual respect for a great effort well executed holds sway, but externally, the enthusiasm for friendships forged in the spirit of competition serves as an ongoing interest. There cannot be a higher platform than an assembly of the very best producing results that often serve as inspiration and motivation for years after. It is this piece in particular that the South African Team would like to highlight, and uniformly extend their thanks for the camaraderie and goodwill to the friends in competing Teams. The second notion is the tremendous opportunity created by the concept that a sport can host all ages at the very highest level. For this, we all would extend a welcome invitation to any person who may not have encountered long range target shooting, or especially not understood the underlying long term investment in time and friends.

For the NRA of America and International Teams South Africa wishes to extend deep thanks to the organisers, the NRA of America, for the World Championships, and would wish a great Tour and great memories for this Event to the Teams and Competitors. The circuit of the current Host countries is complete from a South African perspective of these intervening years: New Zealand, South Africa, England, Canada, Australia and USA. It means we draw ever closer for South Africa to play host and return just some of the hospitality and friendship.

For the South African Team It is with a great sense of appreciation that your efforts and the background support of families brings together such a strong set of individuals and a wonderful Team spirit. I’m sure with these, you will travel far. Best of luck from SABU. Until next time, where we can renew our friendships, thanks indeed to all from SABU.

Bernand De Beer, Chairman, SABU

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The South African Fullbore Target Rifle Team would like to thank the following persons, organizations and sponsors for their contribution to making a success of the Team’s endeavours in 2015

USA Berger Bullets NRA of America Dennis Flaherty Bill Cooney Sheri Judd Krieger Barrels US Palma Team Redding Reloading Equipment

SOUTH AFRICA Cloete & Du Toit PMP Safari & Outdoor Formalito Zimbi Guns & Books Huntessential ADL Electrical Services Peter Bramley Cedric and Bets Van Der Vyver Louisa Prinsloo Gawie Coetzee Graham Leon Henk Venter Gerrie De Beer Sellbridge Limited Lapua South African Bisley Union Last, but not least indeed, Family and Friends.


Artwork, photography and design for this publication by David Dodds



Prime attractions in the Western Cape





Bernand De Beer Captain I’m 46 years old and have been shooting actively since 1999, although I started shooting .22 at school from the age of 15. I have been involved with the SA Protea Team since 2004, this will be my 3rd Palma and 2nd as Captain of the SA Target Rifle Team at the World Long Range Shooting Championships. I love and still enjoy every minute of it and what an honour is it not to be part of such a league of gentleman, and the world’s elite teams. The highlight of my shooting career is definitely the 2 Palmas and being the Coach of the SA Team to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, India and Scotland. I am married to René, and have one son, Fredwill, who is part of the SA u/25 Team that will participate in the World Championships.


Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban, KZN


Johan Fourie Head Coach

Johan Maritz Coach

At 56 years old, this will be my 4th Palma. I started full bore shooting in 1981 and was awarded my National colours in 1985. Some of my shooting highlights are winning the Grand Agg at the SA Open Championships on 2 occasions, winning the State President’s Trophy (The Chair) in 1998 and representing South Africa in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. I was a member of the winning Palma team in 1999 in Bloemfontein. I am a farmer in the Northern Cape and live near the town of Douglas. I am married to Santie and we have 3 children. When I am not shooting I like to go hunting, do watersport, and to travel into Africa with a 4×4 and a tent.

At 63 years of age, I am a farmer in the Kalahari in the Northern Cape near Upington. I farm with sheep, cattle and game. I am married to Ina and we have four children. Target Rifle Shooting plays a prominent role in the Maritz family, as Ina, Gerhard and Johan (Jnr.) have all obtained their SA shooting colours. I started shooting in 1973 and was awarded my South African National Protea Colours in 1989.I was part of the Team that won the 1999 Palma Match. One of the highlights of my shooting career is the tour to the USA in 2015 when, with my two sons, Gerhard and Johan, we will all be together in the SA Palma Team.

Barberton wilderness near Swaziland

Neels Jonck Coach

Dana Fourie Coach

Neels, who resides in Pretoria, is partner in a firm of practicing Chartered Accountants and Auditors. Neels is also a part-time cattle farmer who loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time on his farm near the town of Vryburg. He started shooting at the age of 16 under the coaching of his dad Hardie Jonck and received his National colors in 2006. He has represented South Africa on numerous occasions, the highlights of his shooting career representing South Africa in the 2007 and 2011 Palmas. A further highlight was to compete in the CSF Championships held in India, 2010. He treasures the support and love he receives on and off the shooting range from his wife Hester, his daughter Liané and two sons Dihan and Hanru.

Dana is 52 years young and is married to Antoinette who is also an active F-Class shooter. The family extends to two sons, of which the youngest one is an under 19 International Shooter who will be a member of the SA u/25 Team at the World Long Range Shooting Championships in 2015. Dana is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at a district municipality doing budgets and financial statements, as well as assisting the eight municipalities in the area. A former winner of the State President’s Trophy at the South African Open Championships, this is Dana’s fourth Palma, with a Bronze and 2 Silver medals under his belt.


Coega Harbour, Port Elizabeth


Robert Hayter Coach

Trevor Hayter

I am Robert and entered the BIG 50 club earlier this year. I am married to Louisa and have two daughters, Olivia and Rebecca. I started shooting competitively at the age of 14 at school with .22, and my father, Donald, introduced me to fullbore shooting. Highlights of my shooting career are being chosen to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the Palma matches in 2007 and 2011 have been special. Hobbies are hunting, fishing, snorkeling, mountain biking and anything to do with the outdoors.

From Port Elizabeth, the Hayter family are another ‘famous family’ in Bisley Shooting, Trevor’s father, brother and son having all participated at International level for South Africa. Shooting highlights include winning the SA State President’s Competition with full scores in all three stages. After 10 years in corporate banking, he left in 1990 to set up his own Foreign Exchange Risk Management Company, which he says is easier than wind reading. He has a daughter and son, Matt, who is a member of the SA u/25 team. His other interests include tennis, golf, mountain biking, hunting and spear fishing.

Van Staadens River bridge outside Port Elizabeth

Johnny Ahrens

Jason Di Bona

My father had a four-target shooting range on his farm, and once a month the local commando would hold its practice shoot there. After my 14th birthday I graduated from marking targets to my first shoot with a Lee-Enfield converted from .303 to 7.62mm caliber. This is the first time that I am a member of the South African Palma team. I did compete in the Individual Long Range World Championships in 1999 in Bloemfontein, South Africa and in 2003 at Bisley, UK. One of my highlights in target shooting was the 2000 Millennium Imperial Meeting at Bisley, where I managed to win the Silver badge in the Queen’s Final. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, with my wife Daniela and our two Papillon puppies.

I am a 25 year old Mechanical Engineer, working as a Project and Design Engineer at Charlson Pumps. I specify and supply pump systems to the commercial, agricultural and residential water sector in Cape Town. I started shooting when I was around four years old. I used to go to the shooting range with my Dad where I learned to shoot with his 9mm pistol. Eventually I started shooting Black Powder rifles with him and I later obtained National Colors for a number of Black Powder disciplines. I started shooting Target Rifle about seven years ago and have never looked back. This will be my first Palma. I am currently living with my girlfriend, Melani, who is also a Target Rifle shooter.


Kaaimans River mouth leading in to George


Kobus Nel

Schalk Cullinan

I grew up and stay in Pretoria, Gauteng, and I’m 54 years old. This is my first Palma and I am extremely excited to be part of this big event. I started shooting at the age of 14 and obtained my Springbok colours in 1989, I was privileged to be part of the last Springbok team selected at Hamilton Shooting Range. Due to work commitments I was out of shooting for a period of 5 years and started again in 2009. I am a qualified Mill Wright by trade and have my own building & maintenance business. I am married to Elma, we have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren, and apart from having extensive family time, I also like to collect and grow cycads.

I am a Reliability Engineer on a Colliery in Mpumalanga province. At 52 years, this will be my 2nd Palma, after 20 yrs drought since I shot Palma ’95 in NZ. I competed as an individual during 1999 Palma in SA. I have shot Target Rifle for 30 years, having grown up as a farm boy with rifle in hand. In 1987 I shot both US Silhouette Highpower Rifle Nationals at Ridgeway, Penn and IHMSA Nationals at Oakridge, Tenn. Highlights: 1997 TR Grand Agg winner, SA Champion, Bramley Chain, and CSF Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia. Instrumental in launching F-class in SA. Junior development in SA: 2 tours to Bisley with SA Juniors. I have a wife Elbie and daughter Roelien. Both have great patience with my shooting endeavors.

Wilderness on the Garden Route

Paul Prinsloo

Okker de Klerk

I’m 31 years old. I own a construction company, operating mainly in the residential and small to medium business sector. This will be my first Palma and it is a great honour for me to be part of a South African team competing in this event.I started my shooting career in smallbore at the age of 14 with some exposure to fullbore. I have enjoyed competitive fullbore shooting for the past 9 years. The highlight of my shooting career is 13th place in the Grand Aggregate of the Imperial Meeting, Bisley, 2007. I also enjoy hunting, big game fishing and spending time with my family. I’m married to my lovely wife Stephanie, who is also a good shot, with our beautiful little daughter Stephnie who will turn 3 in March, making up the rest of my family.

I am 45 years old and this is the first time for me to be selected for the SA Palma Team. I am a businessman and farmer. I co-own a security company that installs electric fencing and does gate automation and access control. I am also a cattle farmer in the Kalahari (Northern Cape). I started shooting in 1992 and in 2000, I was selected for the Senior Protea Team to tour to Bisley in England for the Millennium Meeting, where I finished 10th in the Grand Aggregate. Senior Protea Team: 2001, 2009, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, I was selected to represent South Africa in the America’s Cup in Bloemfontein. I am married to an artist who loves to paint and we have two young daughters.


Wild dogs near Jozini, KZN


Johan Maritz (Jnr)

Gerhard Maritz

I am a 25 year old farmer in the Northern Cape Province near Upington in the Kalahari. I started shooting in 2000 and received my SA u/25 colours in 2011 and was part of the SA u/25 team which participated in the World Long Range Championships in Brisbane, Australia. Being chosen for the SA Palma Team to the USA is something I am looking forward to, as a I form part of the Maritz family effort, and going together will be an exceptional experience.

I am a 35 year old farmer in the Northern Cape near Upington in the Kalahari. I farm with sheep, cattle and game. I also work in the medical field in the development of new products and getting new procedures off the ground in SA. I also think that case preparation and reloading is a chore!!! I started fullbore target shooting in 1994 after .22 target shooting in school. I received my u/19 Protea colours in 1997 and was captain of the first SA u/19 team tour to Bisley. I was also chosen for the SA u/25 team. I made the Senior Protea team in 2013. I am looking forward to my first Palma in the USA in 2015 and the fact that my dad and brother are also in the Palma team is something I treasure very much!

1000 yard stare from a kudu

Gerrit Botha

GouchĂŠ Higgs

I am a 36 year old accomplished water drilling contractor, with over 18 years of experience in the field. This will be my first Palma competition. I started shooting .22 in high school where I obtained Junior Springbok colors. In 1996 I represented South Africa at Bisley (England) and in Scotland against various international teams. I have been married for 11 years and have two children aged seven and three.

GouchĂŠ was born in the Northern Cape Province and grew up on the family farm. He is 37 years old and unmarried, and continues his love of farming and shooting. His target shooting career started at school level with .22 shooting in which he represent Griqualand West for three consecutive years at the South African Championships. In 1990, at 16 years old, he first attended SA National Fullbore Bisley and won the juniors class. In 1995. He was chosen for Junior Protea Team. Finally, in 2011, after 21 years of participation in Fullbore Bisley shooting, he reached his goal of being chosen for the South African National Team and Palma.


Wild water, Buffels Bay


David Dodds

Pieter van Zyl

David has been on fullbore ranges since he was 14 and is a product of the UK Gresham’s and Athelings 1972 heritage, in the last of the .303 era. Brothers John and Anthony have shot successfully with him, together using the heritage of their father and grandfather as inspiration. David has shot for GB Athelings ’72, Kenya,’73 and Rhodesia, ’77, and has a longstanding career with the South African Team. He has 2 CG Silver medals, 3 SA Championships and 6 consecutive Palmas on the list. His career in photography has led on to graphic design, video, and publishing, and currently works on large scale media projects in digital and print.

Pieter, (45), is Regional Manager at the Dairy Company, Clover SA, and honoured to be part of the SA Protea Team for a 3rd consecutive Palma. In 1983 I started shooting competitively as a cadet with a .22lr at High School Martin Oosthuizen, Kakamas. I joined my father in Bisley Shooting in 1996 and we were privileged to enjoy the sport together until he decided to retire in 2013. The highlights of my shooting career are: a full Score on debut for the Proteas; winning the SA Championship in 2007 and being a member of the SA Palma Teams to Canada 2007, and Australia in 2011. I am blessed to have a very supportive family: my wife Adelheid and two sons, Jürgen (13) and Rainer (10).

Peace at Hout Bay

André du Toit

Johan du Toit

I am 25 years old and a trainee accountant in my 3rd year at Lloyd Viljoen Auditors and I enjoy the outdoors. I started competitive shooting at the age of 13 at our home club in Heidelberg, and have competed in 12 successive SA Open Championships. A few highlights have been winning the South African Open Championship and the State President’s Prize (The SA Chair) in 2011: winning the u/25 gold medal as well as the World Championship Individual Silver medal at the 2011 Long Range Championships in Australia. This will be my 2nd Palma.

Johan obtained his National Colours in 1993 and has represented South Africa in many international matches since then. In 2000 Johan won the State President’s prize. He toured with the National Team to Bisley in 2000 and 2003, and to Namibia in 2001 and 2004 (1st place). He shot in the 2005 CSF match where he attained 1st place, and the 2006 CG, both of these events being held in Australia. Johan also shot in both the 2013 CSF and 2014 CG held in the UK. Johan has also won the Grand Aggregate at the SA Open Champioship. 2015 will be his fourth PALMA which he is looking forward to as it will be the second occasion that he is in the team with son André. Johan is a qualified accountant, married to Lizette.


Wild Coast beachfront, KwaZuluNatal


Pierre van Niekerk

Arno Haasbroek

Pierre has been associated with shooting and rifles for as long as he can remember. He was selected to represent South Africa as a member of the National Team for the first time as far back as 1981. Pierre is an irrigation farmer in the Kimberley region, is married to Riekie and his son, Albie, has also shot alongside as a member of the RSA Shooting Team in Palma.

Arno is 42 and has been Bisley Shooting since 2002. It all started with airguns on the farm and then .22 at school. In 2007 he was part of the Palma Team in Canada, and in 2010, selected for the SA Commonwealth Games Team to India, ‘where we had a very interesting competition’. He was in the 2011 SA Team to Palma in Australia and is looking forward to visiting the USA. Arno thanks his family for their great support and most of all, the Lord, for giving him the talent and opportunity to compete at this level.

Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape

Lambert Brand

Hannes Bruwer

Lammie is a 50 year old farmer in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Shooting was part of growing up on the farm with hunting being the largest part. I started shooting competitively from the age of 16 whilst still at school. I have shot a number of different shooting disciplines, starting with small bore, then Fullbore, followed by IPSC and Combat shooting, and finally back to Fullbore in 2008. My reward and pleasure from all these years of shooting is to have represented South Africa in all the above shooting disciplines. My wife Elna has supported me all these years. The Palma World Championship in Brisbane was my first and I expect Camp Perry 2015 to be a highlight.

I am a 51 year old Senior Police Official with 34 years’ service in the South African Police Service. Camp Perry 2015 will be my 5th Palma. I started shooting as a school cadet and have never stopped. After finishing high school I represented the Police under/19 and under /25 teams as well as Free State and Transvaal (Gauteng) as a junior in 1982 and 1983. Highlights of my shooting career : winning the Gold Medal (Individual) at the World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide (2003) and Vancouver (2009), also very privileged to have Gold (1999), Silver (2007 and 2011) and Bronze (2003) Palma team medals. I am married to Lezanda, we have two children, and I also have two grand children.


Great Memories

from Palma, 2011 at Belmont Range, Brisbane, Australia

South Africa at the sharp end, and heading for Silver in Palma.. AndrĂŠ Du Toit after coming 2nd in the World Individual..

fantastic results from a determined and talented SA contingent.. Panorama by David Dodds from the top of the Range Officer’s vehicle.


Legends of 2011 assemble for their hard-earned places at the top of the world rankings.. Belmont Range, Brisbane, Australia

Roll Call: Officials, Competitors and Spectators assemble for an end of Championship photocall.. the famous ‘24’ man Team of South Africans all in there somewhere.



Palma 2011, photographed at Belmont Range, Brisbane Captain Bernand De Beer, Head Coach Johan Maritz

Palma 2007, photographed at Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Canada Captain Eddie Stigant, Manager Bernand De Beer, Co-ordinator Peter Bramley


Palma 2003, photographed at Grey College, Bloemfontein Captain Lex Visser, Manager Adolf Bosman, Co-ordinator Bertie Venter

Palma 1999, photographed at De Wet Range, Bloemfontein Captain Anton van Graan, Adjutant Christoph Schulenberg, Co-ordinator Bertie Venter


Bloemfontein Camp Perry Trentham Bloemfontein South Africa USA New Zealand South Africa

Bisley UK

Connaught Brisbane Camp Perry Ottawa Australia USA


Okkie De Klerk Johnny O Ahrens Gerhard Botha Jason M Di Bona Johan H Maritz (jnr) Gerhard S G Maritz Kobus AJT Nel Paul P Prinsloo Alexis Visser Captain Adolf Bosman Adjutant Billy Van Rooyen Schalk Young Attie Bosman Chris Holloway D.B Lubbe Andries Möller jnr John Thornton Burt Van der Westhuizen Pierre Buys Johnny Bremner Eddie Claassen Buks Krüger Christo Lauterbach Gerhard Potgieter M.P.J Peens Coach T.J Botha Isaak S Du Toit W.I.G Boet Engelbrecht W.J Folscher Ian H Gliddon Piet.J Grobler Jan Joubert W.J Spangenberg Gert A Van Zyl Schalk Young J.J Taljaardt H.W Du Toit C.F Schoeman J.Jansen J.J Kasselman J.D Kruger J.F.P Rautenbach G.L Strydom J.S Van Eerden J.H.J. Van Vuuren J.L Du Randt Commandant J.D. Berry C.J Brink W.J Botha W.S Kotze B. Musgrave T.M Musgrave W. Prinsloo S.J Scheun G.A Smith R.V.E Smith J.A Smith L.P Strydom


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South African Rifle Shooters who have competed on behalf of their Country in the Palma Long Range Target Shooting Championship.

Team Members have achieved Honours in addition, such as Captain and Coach, indicated next to their names.

Bloemfontein Camp Perry Trentham Bloemfontein Bisley Connaught Brisbane Camp Perry South Africa USA New Zealand South Africa UK Ottawa Australia USA 6 PALMAS

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Bernand De Beer Captain '11 '15 Arno Haasbroek Robbie Hayter Trevor Hayter

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Neels Jonck Piet Van Zyl Albie Van Niekerk Tielman Breedt Coach Rudi Lauterbach Coach G.J.P Deon Burger Peter Bramley Coach EA Bertie Venter Co-­‐Ordinator Anton Van Graan Captain A.P Dries Moller Adjutant

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Johan Du Toit snr Dana Fourie Coach Johan Fourie Alexander Coetzee Willem Du Plooy Coach Christoph Schulenburg Coach



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South Africa in 2016 & 2017


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SOUTHERN INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES In 2009 and 2103 the South African Bisley Union successfully held two major events with teams from across the globe participating. All those who attended enjoyed these events to such an extent that they requested that these become regular fixtures in the future. Previous competitors included the UK Home Countries and the USA National Team. As a result of the support and enthusiasm of these visitors, SABU has confirmed a similar meeting once again in 2017. The 2017 meeting will be bigger and better than the previous two! Including the Australia Match and the Southern International Challenge matches, the program will host the normal SA 89th Open Championship and it’s own two International Team Matches. A number of countries have already indicated that they are keen to take part in this exciting meeting. The envisaged program provides for high quality, competitive matches for individuals as well as club, provincial / county / state and international teams. Should there be Veterans who would like to enter teams, we will also co-ordinate suitable matches.


Even better than 2009 and 2013! You are all invited - from around the world! For Your Diary The dates for 2016:Â

2nd April - 9th April 2016 88th SABU Championship

The dates for 2017:

22nd March - 1st April 2017 89th SABU Championship and the INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE MATCHES

Extensive Program

The meeting will be preceded by the Freestate Championships on 22nd and 23rd March 2017. In the meantime, be sure to contact the National SABU Secretary for advance bookings.



Table Mountain in Cape Town from the viewpoint of Robben Island




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