at 92Bobbie achampion with her air rifle
at 92Bobbie achampion with her air rifle

Hot shot Bobbie sticking to her guns

By ADAM WRATTEN

SHARPSHOOTER Bobbie Neal is proving age is no barrier to success.

Bobbie, who turns 93 next week, shot a 48.5 out of 50 at a recent Twin Towns Air Rifle Club meet to equal the day's top score.

And, she plans to keep on going.

The ex-servicewoman was the only female when the club founded in 1969 and she has been club treasurer since 1985.

She never misses the weekly rifle club competition on a Saturday.

"I live for my Saturdays, when I get to meet all the members and shoot," Bobbie said.

"I hope I'm still around to be shooting when I'm 100."

Bobbie, who has been shooting for 36 years, said she only started when she joined the club with her husband John.

She quickly outshot him in the scoring stakes, and while John turned to other sports, Bobbie stuck to her guns. Trophies adorn her living room.

Bobbie said she has always been a sports enthusiast, and while she claims never to have been particularly successful, she was a keen swimmer, diver, hockey player and cricketer in her youth.

She also played golf into her late 80s, only retiring five years ago.

Twin Towns Services Rifle Club president Vic Faley said Bobbie was an inspiration to the club's 70+ members.

"She really is great," Faley said.

He said the club was always seeking new members, of any age, and anyone interested in joining could call him on 0407 144 664.

The club meets twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesday nights.

A firearms licence is required .NINETY two year old Bobbie Neal is still sweetly pinging the bullseye at the Twin Towns Air Rifle Club where she has become something of a cause celebre after equal top-scoring in a recent meet.



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