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Bernand De Beer

Captain

I am Bernand De Beer, 46 years old and been shooting actively since 1999 although started shooting .22 at school from the age of 15.

Been involved with the SA Protea Team since 2004 and 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 enjoying every minute of it and what an honor is it not to be part of such a league of gentleman and 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.

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Johan Fourie

Head Coach

My name is Johan Fourie . I am 56 years old and 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 States Presidents 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.[/vc_column_text]

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Dana Fourie

Coach

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.

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Robert Hayter

Coach

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 then my father 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.

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Neels Jonck

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 World Long Range Championships in Canada during 2007 and in Australia during 2011.

A further highlight was to compete in the Commonwealth Shooting Federation 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.

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Johan Maritz
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Johan Maritz

Coach

I am Johan Maritz, 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 Protea Colours in 1989 and was part of the team that won the 1999 Palma Match. One of the highlights of my shooting career is the forthcoming tour to the USA in 2015 when with my two sons, Gerhard and Johan, we will all be together in the SA Palma Team.[/vc_column_text]

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Johnny Ahrens

I am Johan Ahrens, a.k.a. Johnny, and am 54 years old. I started my shooting career on our local commando range in the then Natal province of South Africa as a young boy.  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 7.62 mm caliber. Soon thereafter I was the proud owner of a new RSA Musgrave rifle.

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 must be the trip to Bisley, UK, as part of the Natal provincial team in 1994, where we held our own against some international teams. Another highlight was the 2000 Millennium Imperial Meeting at Bisley, UK. With some South African friends, I enjoyed a fantastic 2 weeks of team and individual shooting, and on the last day 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. By profession I am a pediatric intensivist and work at the local children’s university hospital. My wife, Daniela, is an anaesthetist in the nearby adult hospital. When I am not on the shooting range, I love exploring the dusty back roads in my Land Rover, photographing beautiful South African scenery and listening to classical music.[/vc_column_text]

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Gerrit Botha

My name is Gerrit Botha.  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.

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Lambert Brand

I am Lambert Brand 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 shooting, thereafter followed by Combat Rifle and now 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 in all these years. We started dating at school, got married, had two children, and she cannot deny that she has always known that shooting is a an important part of my life. The Palma World Championship in Brisbane was my first and I eagerly look forward to Camp Perry 2015.[/vc_column_text]

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Tielman Breedt

Tielman is a 45 year old businessman from Rustenburg, is married to Madel and they have 2 girls and twin boys. He started shooting in 1986 and still enjoys shooting.

He took part in Palma 2003, 2007 and 2011, and went to the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. He is looking forward to his 4th PALMA.[/vc_column_text]

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Hannes Bruwer

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 :
Representing my Province, Gauteng North, more than 75 times, winning the Gold Medal (Individual) at the World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide (2003) and Vancouver (2009), making the top 10 shoot-off at the World Long Range Individual Championships in Ottawa (2011), also very privileged to have Gold (1999), Silver (2007 and 2011) and Bronze (2003) Palma team medals.

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Schalk Cullinan

I am Schalk Cullinan 52 years old and this will be my 2nd Palma, after 20 yrs. drought since Palma ’95 in NZ. Competed as an individual during 1999 Palma in SA.

I am a Reliability Engineer on a Colliery in Mpumalanga province.

I have shot Target Rifle for 30 years, having grown up as a farm boy with rifle in hand. I have competed in metallic silhouette, both rifle and handguns, in 1987 shot both US Silhouette Highpower Rifle Nationals at Ridgeway, Penn and IHMSA Nationals at Oakridge, Tenn.

Highlight 1997: TR Grand Agg winner, SA Champion, Bramley chain, LR agg and CSF championships in Langkawi, Malaysia. Tours to New Zealand in 1995 and Australia in 1997 for Australia Match fired at Pontville, Tasmania.

Instrumental in launching F-class in SA. Junior development in SA, 2 tours to Bisley with SA Juniors. Attracting new shooters to the sport.

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Okkie De Klerk
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Okker de Klerk

I am 45 years old and this is the first time for me to be selected for the SA Palma Team. It is a great honour to be selected and I would like to help the SA Palma Team bring home the World Champions Trophy at Camp Perry in August 2015!!

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 my first Bisley was at the then newly built General De Wet Shooting Range in Bloemfontein. In 1997 I was selected for the SA Junior Protea team and three years later, in 2000, I was selected for the Senior Protea Team to tour to Bisley in England for the Millennium Meeting, where I finished 10th on the Grand Aggregate and won the GB Short-range Championship.

Since then I have been selected for the Senior Protea Team in 2001, 2009, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, I was selected to represent South Africa in the Americas Cup team match, which SA won.

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Jason Di Bona
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Jason Di Bona

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 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.

The highest point in my shooting career so far, other than being selected for the Palma Team, is obtaining 9th Place in the Grand Aggregate at the 2014 SA Open.

I am currently living with my girlfriend, Melani, who is also a Target Rifle shooter. The benefit of having a partner that shoots with me is that I never get any complaints when I spend most of our income on new shooting equipment … I just need to remember to buy two of everything![/vc_column_text]

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David Dodds

David has been on fullbore ranges since he was 14 and is a product of the UK Gresham’s and Athelings 1972 heritage. 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, Kenya, Rhodesia and now virtually fulltime for South Africa.

He has 2 CG Silver medals, 3 SA Championships and 6 consecutive Palmas on the list, and happily finds the challenge of competition at its highest level to be the best antidote to work.

In that regard, his career in photography has led on to graphic design, video, and publishing and by virtue of the number of programs he knows, renders him unemployable.

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André 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 Championships and the State Presidents Prize (The SA chair match) in 2011 and winning the u/25 gold medal as well as the Open class silver medal at the 2011 Individual World Long Range Championships in Australia. This will be my 2nd Palma and I am really looking forward to it.

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Johan du Toit

Johan started target shooting during 1977 at the age of 15. He represented South Africa in the Honoris Team during 1984 and 1990 and  was selected for the Presidents Team during 1998 and 1999.

Johan obtained his national colours in 1993 and has represented South Africa in many international matches since then.

In 2000 Johan won the State Presidents 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 CWG, both of these events being held in Australia. Johan also shot in both the 2013 CSF and 2014 CWG held in the UK.

He was in the SA PALMA teams to the UK In 2003, to Canada in 2007 and to Australia in 2011. 2015 will be his fourth PALMA which he is looking forward to as it will be the second occasion that both her and his are in the team.

Johan has also won the grand aggregate at the SA Open. and 3rd in the SA championship four times. He is actively involved in shooting on the administrative side where he serves on various shooting bodies at club and provincial level.

Johan is a qualified accountant, married to Lizette. Lizette’s son Reece also shoots and has toured with the u/19 to Bisley in 2013. Johan also has a daughter, Leanne.

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Arno Haasbroek

Arno is 42 and has been Bisley Shooting since 2002. It all started with airguns on the farm and then .22 at school. Arno feels he was ‘fortunate’ to be part of the South African Protea team in a few matches, mostly in South Africa. This is his typical modesty. In 2007 he was part of the Palma Team in Canada, and in 2010, part of the SA Commonwealth Games Team to India, ‘where we had a very interesting competition’. He was also part of the 2011 SA Team to Palma in Australia and is looking forward in 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.

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Trevor Hayter
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Trevor Hayter

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. His son, Matt, is a member of the SA u/25 team which will  participate in the World Long Range Championships in 2015. His other interests include tennis, golf, mountain biking, hunting and spear fishing.

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Hennie Jacobs

Hennie, an engineer started shooting Fullbore in 2004, encouraged by the longstanding and skillful achievements of his father, Hennie snr and brother, Corné. Besides representing his province he has had  the privilege of representing South Africa on a number of occasions and has enjoyed every moment of it.

The highlights were Palma 2007, SABU’s 80th Anniversary event in Bloemfontein and  the 2011 Palma in Australia. Hennie feels it is a privilege to be selected for the South African Palma Team once again. Hennie is married to Gerika and they have two lovely children who are his biggest supporters.[/vc_column_text]

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Gerhardt Maritz
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Gerhard Maritz

I am Gerhard Maritz 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 to tour to Bisley, England later that year. I was also chosen for the SA u/25 team. I was chosen for 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 for 2015 is something I treasure very much!

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Johan Maritz (Jnr)

I am a 25 year old farmer in the Northern Cape Province near Upington in the Kalahari. I farm with sheep, cattle and game.

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 too, especially since both my father and brother are also in the team.

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Kobus AJT Nel
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Kobus Nel

My name is Kobus Nel and I am 54 years old, I grew up and stay in Pretoria, Gauteng
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.

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Paul Prinsloo

I’m Paul Prinsloo and I am  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 shooting smallbore rifle target shooting 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 in 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.

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Piet van Zyl
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Pieter van Zyl

I‘m Pieter van Zyl (45), Regional Manager at the Dairy Company, Clover SA, and honoured to be part of the SA Protea Team for my 3rd consecutive Palma.

My father taught me the essentials and discipline of shooting at a very young age. In 1983 I started shooting competitively as a cadet with a .22lr at High School Martin Oosthuizen, Kakamas. After my two years of military service, I completed my degree in Agriculture at the University of the Free State in 1993. 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 my debut in the SA Protea Team against Great Britain at Bloemfontein in 2004 where my coach to kept me in the bull for a full score. Winning the SA Championship in 2007 and being a member of the SA Palma Team to Canada later that year where we won the Silver Medal. Finally being a member of  SA Team to Australia in 2011.

I am blessed to have a very supporting family: my wife Adelheid and two sons, Jürgen (13) and Rainer (10).

I cherish the friendships and team spirit that one builds over the years which plays a big part in the enjoyment of the sport. 
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