Brian joined Wingham Rifle Club in 1979. He had a short break returning to the sport in the mid 80’s where he became Club Secretary in 1988 through until 1991. He has been a Club Committee man from 1988 to the present day. He has manned the office for the June Prize Shoot from 1988 to the present day. He has been Club Public Officer from 2003 to the present day. He is currently the Club Vice Captain.
In Brian’s shooting career he has won prize meetings at Stockton (C and B grade) Port Macquarie (B Grade) Hilltop in 2008 (B grade) in a shoot off; Inverell 2009 ( B grade) The highlight was 3rd in A grade in Cessnock 2009 with a score of 149.20 beating 2 times NSW Queens winner, Jim Bailey in the process. Brian was awarded life membership in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the Wingham Rifle Club.
Norm Calvert was born in 1912 and started shooting in 1948. He won his first shoot in Tyro at Dungog in 1950. He was 2nd in the C grade Queens inNSW in 1952 and acountryteam representative in 1953, 1956 and 1961. In 1954 Norm won Stockton Prize shoot in A grade. He won Queens badges in 1960 (21st in NSW), 1966 (41st NSW), and 1972 (28th in QLD). Norm won the prestigious Wingham shoot in 1955 and again in 1966. In later years he coached the Wingham No 1 team in the Sargard in 1983 coming 2nd.
Norm was awarded life membership in 1971. He was club Captain for an incredible 27 consecutive years. (1954 to 1981). He was also awarded life membership of the NSWRA in1984 (the only Wingham Member). In 1984 he was awarded the Order of the Medal of Australia for services to Rifle Shooting and the Community. Almost everything on the Wingham Range bears the characteristic trade mark of Norm Calvert. From target machines and firing points to flag poles and the club house tables. If you had to give members a number Norm would be the number one for Wingham Rifle Club.
IAN ALFRED YOUNG
Ian Young, born in 1927, joined Wingham Rifle Club again in July 1980 after a short stint in 1960-1961. In relation to Queens prizes, Ian won 10th badge in1971 with a brilliant score of 350/355 and in 1973 came 21st, both in QLD. In 1975 he won 6th badge in the NSW Queens. On the prize meeting scene Ian won the Metropolitan Open in a shoot off in 1974. He won the Port Macquarie Open and Cessnock Prize meeting in A grade in 1980. He was club champion of the Wingham Rifle Club in the 1988-1989 year. He changed over to F Class Standard in 2005 and was Mid North Coast Champion in 2006, 2007 2008 and 2009. Hewas 6th in the S.A. Queens in F Class in 2007.
In 1981 through to 1984 Ian was Club Captain. From 1984 he was statistician, handicapper and publicity officer for next22 years . He was made life member of Wingham Rifle Club in 1993 for outstanding service to the club. Ian retired from shooting at the age of 82, but still attends every week to score and coach any members, especially the new F Class shooters. In addition, he also assists the treasurer weekly.
After the 2nd World War and some normality returned, a meeting was held to reform the Wingham Rifle Club. This was 1947 and Tam Pollock was present. After that time, the Club had two of the best administrators since it’s formation in 1883. Tam led the club as Captain from 1950 to 1957 and the legendary Norm Calvert was President. Wingham progressed rapidly with growing membership and the organizational skills of Tam and Norm.
The leadership put Wingham back on the map with the introduction of the 2 day prize meeting in 1952. Not only did Tam organize the shoot he also won it!
Tam’s outstanding leadership bought on a number of changes. On the 17th of August 1951 the Club colours changed to green and gold and on the 15th of May 1953 they introduced the wet canteen . The small bore club was formed in 1954. In February 1956 they introduced shooting flags to the range. With the growing numbers who had young children Tam introduced a play area with see saws, swings and a sand pit. At the 2 day prize shoot, Tam organized a BBQ and dance to top off the weekend.
Tam was a generous man donating many items to the club. In 1957 Mount George Rifle Club was formed and Tam gave up his time travelling and assisting the club in it’s formation . He was also on the executive of the Maclay District Rifle Union for a number of years. Tam was made life member in 1952 for his outstanding work. On the 25th of July 1964 it was moved to name the rifle range the ‘Tam Pollock Rifle Range’. To name the rifle range after Tam Pollock shows just how highly regarded and respected he was to the members of Wingham Rifle Club.
Wilf commenced rifle shooting at Tumut, NSW in 1966. He transferred to Wingham in 1968 where he started to impress the NSW selectors with his brilliant shooting. Wilf was selected in the country team in 1971 under NSW legendary coach Reg Rowlands. On that occasion, Wilf was the first shooter in NSW’s history to score 200/200 over the commonwealth ranges of 300, 600 700 and 900 yds. This lead selectors to picking Wilf to shoot for NSW in 1972 against Canada and followed that with a match against Great Britain.
Wilf was the first Wingham shooter since it’s commencement in 1883 to represent NSW. In individual competition Wilf won the 3rd stage of the NSW Queens in 1971 going on to win 22nd Queens’s badge. He followed that with 12th badge in Canberra, 9th in NSW in 1973, 13th in QLD in 1974 and another NSW badge in 1974. He was Club Champion of Wingham a record 13 times.
He retired from competitive shooting between 1976 and 1988, trying to earn a living and dedicating long hours to dairy farming. This unfortunately took away his best shooting years. Wilf returned to the club in 1988-9 and put in the same effort in administration and he did to his shooting. He took on the secretary position and then Club Captain from 1991 to 2000. In that time he was also president of the range complex for 5 years.
Wilf was a forward thinking captain. In his time he was responsible for concreting the target gallery, and many other projects. Wilf took an interest in Match Rifle and gained selection in the Australian team to Bisley in 2006, in addition to coaching and being a member of the NSW Match Rifle team. Wilf’s passion and energy to administration steered Wingham through turbulent times of dropping membership Australia wide. The Club made Wilf life member in 2000. .