North Otago’s top gun has received the ultimate accolade.
Target Shooting North Otago stalwart Reg Partridge received life membership of the organisation recently.
Partridge’s shooting career began in Albury in 1965.
He joined the Eveline club in 1976, and he was one of the instigators of the revival, in about 1992, of the Enfield club, where he has remained to this day.
He has served as president and club captain as well as secretary-treasurer, a position he still holds.
In 2002, Partridge was elected president of the South Island association, remaining in the role until 2009.
He was Otago provincial president in 2002-2003 and served as Otago secretary-treasurer for about 13 years until standing down earlier this year.
He has been a North Otago selector since 2010, a member of the Waitaki Outdoor Club since the 1992-1993 season, and the outdoor president from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2016.
In 1999, Partridge became an Otago provincial representative and remained as such until 2012. He was selected as a North Otago representative every year from 1990 to 2008, apart from 1996.
It caps a year of honours for Partridge, who was earlier made a life member of the Otago Provincial Smallbore Association.