DSO Charlie Marten Memorial Award
The Charlie Marten Award was established in 2005 by a collaborative effort of the Division of Services for the Aging and the Delaware Senior Olympics. It honors Charlie Marten who after suffering from a stroke fought back to be able to walk again at Beach Day 2002. Charlie died in 2004 at the age of 66. The award honors an individual who demonstrates the following qualities:
- inspires others by example.
- Has a determined spirit to overcome personal challenges and great odds.
- Works hard to turn obstacles into opportunities
- Has courage to make changes to improve their quality of life.
2011 Recipient - Wayne Saulsbury
Wayne has been involved with the Delaware Senior Olympic Games for the last 11 years, serving as the Coordinator for Horseshoes for seven years and as a member of the DSO Board of Directors for two years. Because of his responsibility as coordinator Wayne has not been able to compete every year but whenever he competed he won the gold medal in his age group . He has been an invaluable volunteer always responding to the help needed calls that are sent from the DSO Office.
In December of 2010 Wayne blacked out while driving and had an accident, going off the road and hitting a mail box. Fortunately he was not seriously injured. This incident was followed by a seizure. He lost his license for six months while tests were being performed to find the source of his difficulties. He was placed on medication and this has controlled his symptoms.
In July 2011, just six months later, he made an amazing comeback as he traveled to the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in Monroe, Louisiana and returned home with the First Place Trophy in the Class H Division.
For his determined spirit and courage in overcoming personal challenges to return to successful competition at the National level DSO recognizes Wayne Saulsbury with its 2011 Charlie Marten Memorial Award.