A stack of athletes from Port Pirie have been selected to represent South Australia in ten-pin bowling at Special Olympics Australia's 2022 National Games in Tasmania.
Of the 32-strong bowling team heading to Launceston in October this year, eight have been picked from the Pirie area - double the number selected for the 2018 National Games.
Spencer Club of Special Olympics chair Nate Scarman said it was great to see Pirie making up a quarter of the team with the Games posing a great opportunity for our athletes.
"It's an opportunity for some of these athletes, they might be selected to progress to the World Games and represent Australia," he said.
"For a lot of them, this is their first National Games and their first time travelling outside of South Australia, so they're quite excited."
Spencer Club secretary Maxine Bowden said a lot of Pirie pride would head to Tasmania with the athletes.
"We are the envy of the state for support of the community," she said.
"The best part about this, with our sport, our guys and girls can do what any other top athlete can do.
"They can go world, state, national; it's not just a social club and they've got a chance of being honoured by their country."
While much excitement has been circulating throughout the team, Spencer Club committee members have been facing a number of challenges as well.
Each athlete will have to fork out over $3000 to be able to make it to Tasmania for the competition, which Mr Scarman said poses a problem for many.
"Most of the athletes work in supportive employment and they have a disability support pension, so money is very tight," he said.
"We try to keep the costs down for the athletes."
Mr Scarman said Spencer Club will be looking to the community for help raising funds, which has already been backed by Stuart MP Geoff Brock.
Mr Brock said he was planning on helping out however he could, which would include talking about the team in parliament and getting Port Pirie Regional Council on board to help with fundraising events.
"I'll be giving a donation towards the committee to actually put towards the travel costs," he said.
"I look in great admiration at what this committee has done.
"And to see these athletes, they are so excited and personable about everything - this is what I love, there's not a bad bone in any of them."
Mr Brock congratulated each athlete on their selection and said he looks forward to seeing them do well in the Games.
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