Parag Patel

Parag is a consultant surgeon at St. George's Hospi- tal, London, when he has time off from annual (or more frequent) rifle tours. No doubt his patients appreciate so much accuracy practice. His long-suffering wife Urvi and kids Aaron and Zachary are the real heroes of the England team.

Parag started shooting at Epsom College in 1989 and was soon into form in three winning Ashburton teams. Since then he has toured at least annually and has collected Commonwealth Games individual gold and silver, plus pairs gold and bronze with Glyn Barnett and Jon Underwood respectively (both also on this team). As winner of two grand aggregates at Bisley and one in Canada his scalpel is out to carve his name at Bloemfontein again. A regular member of GB and England teams at home and abroad, he contrives to be a consummate professional in sport and surgery without even being boring – even his handwriting is almost legible.