CHAMPION Colac Shooter Keith Hay has spent over 53 of his 90 years as captain of the same sporting team.
The Colac Rifle Club captain turned 90 last week and celebrated with family and friends yesterday.
He was born in Colac and has stayed in the district throughout his life, becoming a shooting champion and raising an ever-growing family.
Mr Hay said he never expected to reach the age of 90 but thought it might have been due to a healthy lifestyle.
“Looking after health, not letting worries get you down, a happy marriage and enjoying one another’s company.”
He thought people were living longer because they identified health issues sooner.
“I gave up smoking 40 years ago. You have got to have will power,” he told the Colac Herald.
Mr Hay said he had shot in competitions across Australia and overseas including the United Kingdom where he won a number of awards.
He said he received the State Champion of Champions in 1965-1966.
“It was the highest score for that particular shoot,” he said.
Mr Hay and his wife Joan had four children, 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grand children, with one great grandchild due in the next few days.
He said there was only one wish he had for the rest of his life.
“Health, so the wife and I can enjoy our lives and spend more time with the grand children.”