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If it's a shooting day Keith's sure to be there

Keith Rowling spends the first Sunday of each month at the Warwick Clay Target Club.
Keith Rowling spends the first Sunday of each month at the Warwick Clay Target Club. Gerard Walsh

IF THEY gave out awards for consistency in sport and community activity, Warwick Clay Target Club member Keith Rowling would be a worthy recipient.

After being invited to join the club by Richard Hamill and Ross Bartley, he tried shooting and for the past 28 years has missed only three monthly shoots.

That is a record 305 out of 308.

"You have got to be pretty crook not to come to shooting," he said.

For the whole time, he recalls shooting day has been the first Sunday of the month.

He missed one shoot when he drove to Tasmania for the nationals where he won C-grade in double barrel and was second in double rise.

"Greg Newey and John Loy were going and they talked me into it," Mr Rowling said.

Other than his trip to Tasmania, Mr Rowling's travel has mainly been to the Gold Coast, Ballandean, Caloundra and Texas shoots.

As well as monthly shoots, he drives to the Warwick club range in Rosenthal Rd most Thursdays for practice from 3pm.

"I practice with a few old fellows and we try to encourage new shooters to come along," he said.

He helps out with coaching and is ready to help any budding shooters from 3pm each Wednesday.

Mr Rowling said he liked the mateship and the competition.

"I used to go fishing but it is just shooting now," he said.

"I want to keep shooting as long as I can."

At 68, he shows no signs of losing his interest or his shooting eye and had a little smile when asked if he would be still shooting in 20 years time.

He has two competition guns for clay target shooting.

Both are similar but he prefers his newest - a Miroku Grade 3.

Mr Rowling also shoots at the Warwick branch of the SSAA.

He was one of 60 shooters who competed in two memorial shoots yesterday - one in memory of past president Robin Loy and the other in memory of past member Bryce Fett.

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