"Everyone knows Kellie Martlew - she has been in a few Recorders."
So says Kellie's tenpin colleague Nathan Scarman.
Nathan, other Special Olympics bowlers and coach Maxine Bowden got together with Kellie to congratulate her on becoming Female Athlete of the Year.
The occasion was at Bowland Port Pirie, in Esmond Road. Nathan, Chloe McDonald, Jordan Lubcke and Mark Hutchinson were nominated for awards in various categories and displayed their certificates.
Nathan said he felt "privileged" to be nominated. "It is nice to get recognition for the work that we do," he said.
Chloe said she had been "really shocked" at her nomination. "It was a good encouragement award - the Bill Bowden Award," she said.
Jordan said he had been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. He was the highest achiever among the men in Special Olympics and has amazing high games throughout the league competition.
Mark teaches his colleagues how to bowl properly and is regarded as a "nice man". The awards were judged by Sport SA at the Special Olympics SA Awards Night at a convention centre in South Terrace, Adelaide, on August 31.
Kellie was recognised for her outstanding achievement at the World Games when she took silver in the singles and the doubles and gold in the teams. She also represented the state in basketball. A modest Kellie said she was shocked to receive the award, but felt "very proud to win it".
The much-loved Maxine, who heads the Spencer Region Special Olympics Club, was named Volunteer of the Year. She said it was "fantastic" to be honoured in this way.
Sharing one aspect of the awards, she said Chloe's father had been sick in Port Pirie hospital at the time and Chloe was really worried about him. "She was nominated for an Encouragement Award and her dad died at 10pm on Father's Day, but fortunately he had time before his death to see the award," she said,
Maxine became involved 26 years ago when a Down syndrome foster child, Adam Mugridge, came into her care. Sadly, he died 10 years ago.