Hervey Bay’s Archie Rixon is still bowling with his unique style even after turning 90 last week.
Hervey Bay’s Archie Rixon is still bowling with his unique style even after turning 90 last week. DANIEL TWEED

Archie, 90, still hitting strikes

ARCHIE Rixon has just turned 90 but he isn’t letting that hold him back.

The Hervey Bay man has been playing 10 pin bowls since he was 50 and has loved every minute of it.

It doesn’t just keep him fit and healthy – is also gives him a great, fun social outlet – and he’s no slouch at the game either.

Hazel Crennan, president of Hervey Bay Veterans Ten Pin Bowls, said that since Archie just bought a new ball and a new pair of shoes, it doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping any time soon, either.

“He’s still going strong,” she said. “It does help keep him fit and it’s good socially – he’ll come along and have a few biscuits and a cup of coffee.”

Ms Crennan said all the veterans enjoyed bowling together.

“We’re all pretty ancient,” she said wryly.

“But we have fun.”

Archie celebrated his 90th birthday last week.

The veterans club celebrates all its members’ birthdays with a card and a cake, and Archie was no exception – but he got his cake a little bit earlier than usual because of a bit of a mix-up with dates.

“He’s still enjoying it,” Ms Crennan said.



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