Darling Downs identity Ted Long first took up rifle shooting competition in 1948 and he is still going strong as he approaches his 90th birthday in April.
He has been a lifelong member of Pittsworth Rifle Club, following his father Percy into the sport which he pursues with his other passion, playing golf twice a week.
“I didn’t take up golf until I retired at 73,” Ted explained during a rain break in the City-Country shooting championship in Brisbane at the weekend.
Ted and his wife of 67 years Hazel have been regular visitors to shooting headquarters at Belmont range where he is proud of his achievement of only missing two Queens Prize competitions.
Ted said his best shooting years were in the 1970s, when he won his sole Queens Prize trophy at Mackay.
Geoff revelled in rain at Belmont
Brisbane shooter Geoff Grosskreutz is in the best form of his shooting career spanning almost 40 years.
Geoff shot a possible 200 to win the Metropolitan Champion of Champions trophy at Belmont.
He then revelled in the rain to take out the QRA Championship in both the Open and Veterans categories on March 21 and 22, dropping just a single shot for a score of 199 with 23 centre bulls over four ranges.