SAWTELL'S Elsie Ling is a perfect example of the old adage you are only as old as you feel.

Elsie, who is still a regular out on the greens, celebrated her 89th birthday at the club on Tuesday, the occasion marked by a special presentation from the Sawtell Women's Bowling Club.

After spending her early years in the Sydney suburbs of North Ryde and Blacktown, Elsie moved to the South Coast.

It wasn't long before her main sport of tennis gave way to a lawn bowls career which started in 1966 at the Tworadgi Bowling club located across the road from her home.

One of Elsie proudest moments came when Tworadgi beat neighbours Corrimal in pennants, the Corrimal team boasting the world singles champion.

Elsie moved to Sawtell in 1984 and was quick to settle in taking the pairs and triples double in 1988.

Joan Maguire provided a powerful partnership with Elsie taking three of the four pairs title Elsie won in 21 years and she also collected four triples titles.

One of the major changes Elsie has noticed over the years is the change in direction away from the traditional all white uniform.

"In the old days it was the white stockings and they called us the white leghorns," she said.

Elsie's main aim is to be still bowling at the age of 90 which will give her another star to add to her super veterans badge for bowlers over the age of 85.

"I used to be a skip all the time but as I have grown older I need to sit down a lot more so now I play as a lead or a second," she said.

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