Nigel Ball


Nigel Ball is the Master in Charge of Target Shooting at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire. Previously he was shooting master and a mathematics teacher at Gresham’s School in Norfolk, a county he still represents to this day.

Nigel began his shooting career in The Royal Navy and during his 23 year service career shot not only service weapon competitions but most pistol and target rifle disciplines as well. He won the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Queen’s Medal in 1981 with his service rifle, the SLR, and has represented the GB Service rifle team on many occasions. Alongside service shooting Nigel took a keen interest in target rifle and gained his first GB target rifle cap in 1991 on a tour to Canada. He has now been on 23 GB teams to various corners of the world and hopes to add more in the future.

Nigel is married with grown up daughters and three grandchildren, the oldest being 19, he started early.

Aside from his own shooting and running around Bisley with 20 plus pupils in tow Nigel has very little time for other pursuits but enjoys the odd bucket of red wine now and then, purely to relax himself of course! He can usually be found constantly seeking out gunsmiths to repair the damage his pupils have inflicted on the school rifles, they seem not to heed his own adage of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. He wishes they’d listen.