Elisabeth and Michael Hannelly have received Medals of the Order of Australia for their service to softball.
MILPERRA'S Elisabeth and Michael Hannelly have been named in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list, receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia for their service to softball.
A former president of the Softball NSW Umpires Association, as well as a life member of the organisation, a life member of both the Georges River Softball Association and Softball Australia, Mr Hannelly said it was a great honour to be put forward for the award.
"It's an incredible recognition for the things we do and love," he said.
Starting as a soccer player, his wife introduced him to softball in 1982. Enjoying the sport so much, he gained umpiring association accreditation.
With countless state and national championships under his belt, Mr Hannelly retired from umpiring in 2000, but was a part of the results team at the Sydney Olympics.
Also training as a scorer, he gained an incredible amount of experience at local, state, national and international level. This included one of his biggest achievements when he was appointed chief statistician at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Mrs Hannelly's OAM also comes after a glittering softball umpiring and statistical career.
"It's a little bit surreal," she said.
"It's really nice to have it together (with my husband) because it would have been weird to have one but not the other."
Mrs Hannelly fell in love with softball in primary school and it's a love that has continued throughout her life, from playing to coaching to umpiring and as a statistician. She was also an official scorer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Mrs Hannelly helped amalgamate the East Hills and Bankstown competitions into the Georges River Softball Association, and was a board member for the Revesby Workers' Softball Club for 20 years. Along with her husband, she's a life member of the Georges River Softball Association.
Also honoured on Monday was Professor Brian Owler, who grew up in Panania.
Professor Owler has received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organisations, and to education.
Now living in Wahroonga, Prof Owler grew up in Panania, and attended the Catholic De La Salle College in Revesby before going on to becoming president of the Australian Medical Association.