When she was a small girl, Kelly McKellar-Nathan’s mother recognised a certain tenaciousness that drove her daughter to achieve.
That same tenacity saw Kelly achieve an arts degree in leisure management at Griffith University in the early 1990s while pursuing her ultimate goal: International softball representation.
She successfully made the Queensland and Australia softball teams from 1989 to 2000 and was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for her dedication to sport in 2001.
Indominatable did mean untouchable, and in 2000 – after four years spent training 25 hours a week – Kelly narrowly missed selection in the Sydney Olympics softball team.
Determinedly, she translated heartbreak into success, and is now a Team Leader of Brisbane City Council’s Indigenous Team. She is an Elite Athlete Panel Member for Sport and Recreation Queensland’s Locker Room Forums as well as Softball Coordinator for the Deadly Sports Program where she works with Indigenous communities to assist them in developing their knowledge of different issues within the sports industry as well as sport specific clinics.
A descendant of Queensland’s Kooma and Kunja tribes, Kelly attributes her identity to the loving influence of her father and grandmother.