As a tribute and thanks to those members who have dedicated many years of service to the Sandford Rifle Club the honour of Life Membership is bestowed.
The following are the recipients:
Mr Roy Calvert – first Captain & Bisley representative.
Mr Jim Wishart (Snr) – founding member & secretary for many years.
Lt. Col. Jack Bowtell – member and former secretary to NSWRA.
Mr Percy Calvert – founding member and State representative.
Mr Syd Haynes – founding member, Captain and State representative.
Mr Jack Sapwell – Captain
Mr Jim Wishart OAM – Secretary for many years and State representative.
Mr Stan Prendergast – Captain and treasurer
The Sandford Rifle Club was formed nearly 98 years ago and since that time has had only four captains—–the last being long time captain of almost 36 years—–Stan (Grumpy as he called himself) Prendergast.
On March 22nd., after the finish of the annual prize meeting, in the presence of all competitors and a large number of visitors the “ last shot” was fired by Len Brown from Sydney, and formally a member of Sandford, to honour Stan, who had passed away in his 78th. year.
Stan was an electrical contractor and his name appears in Club records in about 1969 and on the Club committee in 1970 with his election as Treasurer in 1971. He became Captain in 1978 and continued in dual roles of Captain and Treasurer until his death in February 2014.
Over time Stan had many successes in Prize meetings throughout the State winning a number of top finishes in range prizes and aggregates including the 1995 B Grade Queen’s Prize and the Grand Aggregate in C Grade at the 2009 Queen’s Prize shoot.
He also represented the Club and Southern District in teams matches and was in the 1996 Tasmanian Team against an invitation team. Probably one of his greatest thrills was when our Club team of which he was a member won the prestigious Tattersalls Trophy Teams match in 2002.
Stan’s term as captain was not always easy with a severe downturn in membership at one time but with determination not to be beaten he opened the club to all shooting disciplines in the 1998-99 season and by the year 2000 numbers had grown with 20 shooters competing in various sections each Saturday.
Not only was he responsible for the growth in membership but he set about improving amenities on the range, upgrading the butts, target shed and shooting mounds. For his dedication to the Club he was awarded Life-Membership in 2000.
Stan did not rest on his laurels, winning the Club Championship in 2003 and was top on the West Coast in the 2007 B Grade Aggregate.
As an elected Southern representative of the State Council he also assisted in the administration of Tasmanian rifle shooting and following the closure of the Pontville Range to rifle clubs he turned his attention to involvement in the upgrading of the Campbell Town complex for which he received grateful thanks from the Council.
We were all saddened by his passing and he will be greatly missed by many in the target shooting fraternity.