There are not many birthday boys, who would give gifts to others on their special day.
But Arthur Ward is one of a kind.
That is what his long-time friend Charles Willis said, after the 92-year-old last week hosted a game of bowls to celebrate becoming another year older.
“We usually play social bowls on Fridays,” Mr Willis said. “But last Friday Arthur said he would pay for everyone who came along to play a game with him.”
Arguably the oldest woolclasser in Australia, Mr Willis said the 92-year-old was well known across Cootamundra and had become somewhat of a local legend.
“He’s like a father to me,” Mr Willis said. “He’s quite a character.”
Mr Ward’s passion for bowls began rolling in 1969 and he went on to play in the men’s minor singles one year later.
In 2005 he became the Cootamundra Country Club secretary and has retained the title ever since.
For Mr Ward, it is the camaraderie of bowls he enjoys the most.
He said “everyone [was] equal” when they were on the field, no matter their age or ability.