H.J. “Walt” Walter, NRA Board Member and champion shooter, recently met
with NRAblog in Fort Worth, Texas, during the NCAA National Collegiate
Mr. Walter was kind enough to send the following update our way:
The United States National Rifle Team, supported by NRA,
departed this weekend to participate in the 80th anniversary of the
South African Bisley Union matches and their national championships,
held at Bloemfontein, South Africa, March 26 – April 4. This will be a
fullbore competition, and competitors will fire their Palma rifles.
The team is led by Team Captain Dennis Flaherty of California;
Vice Captain Dan Simpson of New Hampshire; and Vice Captain Tom
Whitaker, also from California. SFC Emil Praslick III, U.S. Army, will
function as Head Coach during this tour. Ian Cheesman and Robert
Steketee round out the team officers with Ian as Adjutant and Robert
functioning as the South Africa Touring Trip Team Adjutant
During the first week there will be individual matches
culminating in a 12-man team match vying for top honors in the 80th
anniversary matches. Today the team will overnight in Johannesburg and
travel to Bloemfontein on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be
training days with the individual matches to begin on Thursday.
Thank you, Mr. Walter! He is in touch with the team and assures us he
will pass the results on as he receives them. For the latest in how the
programs of the NRA are reaching around the nation and the globe, remember to visit NRAblog.com.