Huntly shooter Jack Henderson (90) commended for service to his sport
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A VETERAN small-bore rifle shooter has received recognition for his services to the sport from its UK governing body.
Jack Henderson, who turns 91 tomorrow, recently announced he would be retiring after 25 years as honorary treasurer of the Huntly Small-Bore Rifle Club.
However, Mr Henderson, who also been president, chairman, scorer and fire control officer during his time at the club, will continue with his hobby after stepping down as honorary treasurer.
The job will stay in the family, too, with his grand-daughter Jackie Smith (47) set to take on the role.
For his service to the club, Mr Henderson has received a diploma certificate from the National Small-Bore Rifle Association.
He said: “I decided to give up the role during lockdown.
“I will be 91 on Friday so I’ve done my stint and it’s time I retire.
“I was surprised to be recognised by the NSRA. It was just a job, I did nothing spectacular except look after the finances.
“I enjoyed my time as treasurer. Everybody at the club is so friendly so it was an easy job really. It’s a good club to belong to.”
Mr Henderson was convinced to take on the role by his predecessor, who told him it would be easy.
“It wasn’t to start with,” he joked. “She was so enthusiastic about the job and persuaded me to take over.
“I’ve managed to keep the club on a level ground since.
“There have been a lot of changes. When I took over there were only ten members and it has blossomed through the years – now there are about 30.”
Current club president Sheena Sharp added: “Shooting is a sport for all. We have members from the age of 11 to Jack’s age.
“Unfortunately, the club is not open at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we are working hard getting things ready for when we can open again.”