A strike for Nan
HELEN Pelling stands at the end of the lane, eyes the ten pins and thinks of her Nan.
The Maryborough bowler has recently returned from the Disability State Championships in Caboolture.
Pelling, a former Australian champion did well, only missing the singles finals by one pin and finishing in fourth.
But the 49-year-old bowler did not come home empty handed.
In the team league Pelling and her side went one better, securing a bronze medal.
"It feels really good to have done so well," she said.
"It was a really good atmosphere."
Pelling, who has previously been an Australian champion credits all her success to her late grandma.
"Nan was the inspiration behind bowling," Pelling said.
With tears in her eyes, she remembers a sad time in her life when she had lost the passion for bowling.
It was simple but persuasive words from her Nan that gave Pelling the drive to achieve all she has.
"I didn't want to go to bowl anymore," Pelling recalls.
"Nan said you get down there (to the competition) and you bowl."
This year Pelling's highest score has been 193, just shy of her best high score of 211.
Despite bowling for 20 years, Pelling has not lost the passion or the drive for the sport she loves.
"I keep bowling twice a week," she said.
"I just love it."