Scotty Kimble celebrates his 90th birthday with his wife, Mary, at the Coffs Hotel yesterday.
Scotty Kimble celebrates his 90th birthday with his wife, Mary, at the Coffs Hotel yesterday.

Scotty Kimble still has a few rounds in him yet

By CRAIG McTEAR

SCOTTY Kimble has a relatively simple formula for a long and fulfilling life ? good health and exercise.

Scotty celebrated his 90th birthday in style yesterday with his family and friends but was quite happy to downplay the big occasion as 'the same as any other birthday'.

His zest for life continues apace as he enjoys the good times in Coffs Harbour with his wife of 12 months, Mary.

In his younger years, Scotty was a gifted athlete, with running, soccer, rugby league, cycling and most notably boxing (120 fights over 18 years) among his passions.

Born in Western Australia and raised in Newcastle, Scotty won his school running championship, and became a senior bike rider in his late teens.

"I won the 24-mile road championship, a professional club championship with the Newcastle Leagues Club," he said.

"And I also won the half-mile, mile and two-mile championships on the track in the City of Newcastle championships."

"I turned to fighting when I was 22. I had six fights in Newcastle and came up to Grafton the next year when a fella asked me to fight for him.

"I fought Jim Spagnolo at Coffs Harbour five times for two wins each and a draw. I ended up moving to Coffs Harbour but couldn't get anyone to fight me."

Scotty then turned his hand to sleeper cutting at Ulong and dairy farming at Kalang before joining the RAAF, where he returned to the ring.

During his time with the RAAF in Melbourne he won the State championships four times and was an inter-services champion.

He left the Air Force in 1945 and moved to a property at Brooklana where he lived for more than 40 years.

"I was dairy farming, cutting sleepers, cutting logs, doing everything, and fighting at the same time," Scotty said.

"I had a few fights down at Nambucca, and I remember beating George Alaban, from the Pier Hotel.

"I had my last fight at 40 years of age."

The middleweight and light heavyweight North Coast championships were other feathers in his cap.

Only four years ago, Scotty took up lawn bowls, and he has proven to be a keen competitor on the greens.



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