Helen strikes gold
IF HELEN Pelling was aiming to impress in Rockhampton you could say she certainly did - literally.
The 44-year-old Maryborough tenpin bowler sent plenty of pins flying as she starred on the lanes during the Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland State Disabilities Championships.
Pelling, a member of the Maryborough Tenpin Bowling Centre, bowled her way to winning five medals, a haul which included two gold, two silver and a bronze.
But it wasn't only the medals Pelling won at the championships - she won the chance to star on a much bigger stage.
Her impressive performances earned her the chance to bowl in the Australian Disabilities Championships in Adelaide next June.
Pelling, who started bowling 18 years ago, is no stranger to taking on the best bowlers in the country.
She contested the nationals when they were held in Brisbane in 2007.
It comes as no surprise that Pelling is pleased with her form on the lanes.
“It feels good to have done so well,” said Pelling, who bowls in two different league competitions each week.
“I have practised hard, so it paid off.”
But how does Pelling feel about go to the nationals again?
“I am so excited - I am as excited as I was the first time,” she said.
“I am not sure how I'll go, but I'll give it my best shot.”
Mum Bev Pelling said she was sure her daughter would love the experience of playing in the nationals again.
“She just loves her bowling - she just cannot get enough of it,” Bev said.
“Helen can grow sick of some things, but I can assure you that it's never bowling.
“I don't think that will ever change.”