Dick's efforts recognised
RICHMOND River Gun Club stalwart Dick Powell never expected to be inducted as a life member when he returned to the club in 2009 after a 40-year hiatus.
The 75-year-old first competed at the club in 1964 before stepping away due to work and family commitments.
"I had two cornea transplants and contacted the club to try to sell my guns in 2009," Powell said.
"They convinced me to go down for a shoot and I shot a perfect 20, so I decided to take it up again."
Powell is also well known for his community work at Coraki, where he lives.
He no longer competes in shooting but does the maintenance, mowing and catering at the club.
He was presented with the award by his friend of 50 years, David Worrall, who had also pinned the badge on the club's first life member, Darcy Powell, in 1967.
"Darcy was my uncle and it worked out well that David was around to present me with the award," Powell said.
Worrall was a member of the national trap shooting team in 1963 and left Australia for a teaching position in Canada after he was made a life member of the Richmond River Gun Club in 1969.
Fifty-six clay target shooters from the Northern Rivers, Inverell, Glen Innes, Grafton, ,Tyagarah, Yamba, Gold Coast and Brisbane took part in the Christmas Shoot consisting of 90 mixed targets in individual competition and 20-pair Deauville Doubles.
Mike Swale from the Gold Coast Clay Target Club won the daily high gun and the Phil Consalvo the novelty shoot trophy with a good score of 156 out of a possible 160 from Richmond River's Geoff Jacobsen, 155 out of 160.
The 20-pair Deauville Doubles was won by Mike Swale and Glen Warner (Grafton) from Kim Nealon (Richmond River) and junior Owen Larkings (Glen Innes).