Chalmers receives City of Marion key

KEY: Kyle Chalmers accepted the Key to the City of Marion from mayor Kris Hanna. Picture: Michael Mullan Photography

KEY: Kyle Chalmers accepted the Key to the City of Marion from mayor Kris Hanna. Picture: Michael Mullan Photography

Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers added another key to the city to his collection on the same night he was nominated for the Don Award by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Chalmers receved the Key to the City of Marion in a special ceremony to celebrate athletes who either train or live in the council area and competed in the Rio Olympics or Paralympics.

Marion mayor Kris Hanna presented the key to Chalmers in front of more than 70 people, which included family, friends and South Australian sporting officials.

Mr Hanna said he was delighted to salute Chalmers, who trains with the Marion Swimming Club, by presenting him with the key.

“Champion athletes like Kyle may be born with talent, but that only gets them as far as the starting blocks,” he said.

“This award recognises the countless hours of hard work, sacrifice and dedication it takes to succeed.”

The ceremony also honoured five other athletes, which included Rio Paralympic bronze medallist and fellow Port Lincoln native Kieran Modra.

On the same night Chalmers was among eight nominees for the Don Award, named after Sir Donald Bradman, which recognises an athlete or team that most inspired the nation.

The 2015 Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne won the award which was presented at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Chalmers’ grandfather Malcolm Bagnell said it was great to see Chalmers was even nominated for the award and felt Payne was a deserving winner.

Mr Bagnell said it was still surprising to see the accolades and awards continue to come Chalmers’ way after nearly two months since the closing ceremony.

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