Gladstone talent helps state softball team to great result
WHEN it comes to junior softball talent the Gladstone region is overflowing with it.
Five out of 11 girls representing Capricornia at the 2012 Queensland School Sport 12 years Girls Softball Championships hailed from Gladstone.
Chyanne Downing, 11, Georgia Camman, 12, Chelsea Fanning, 11, Chloe Hathaway, 12, and Lilli Adnum, 12, played in the state tournament in Ipswich two weeks ago, coming fourth out of 12 teams.
The competition ran over four days with the Capricornia team playing all the other teams in the tournament and the winner being decided through the number of wins.
Chyanne was awarded for her outstanding efforts on the field with a spot in the Queensland team.
The pitcher from Mt Larcom plays in the Gladstone Softball Association and has been involved in the sport for three to four years.
It was the first year Chyanne had made the Capricornia team and last year she made it into the Port Curtis side.
Clearly hard work has paid off.
"Well last year I was just starting off to pitch...this year I just practiced really hard," Chyanne said.
"At the moment I'm doing one hundred pitches a day."
Chyanne enjoys softball because it is fun and active and said both her parents played the game.
"It's a family sport," she said.
"When I'm older I hope to make it into the Australian team and hopefully by then it will be back as a sport in the Olympics."
The national championships will be held from November 11 to 16 in Canberra, and Chyanne is looking forward to playing at this new level of competition during her first visit to the capital.
The first games of the local season are starting on Saturday and it's not to late to find out more about the region's teams and join up.
Gladstone Softball Association is eager for more people to become involved with the sport.
Gladstone training is held on Wednesdays from 4.30pm and new players are welcome to come down then or on Saturday to the diamond at Memorial Park to give the game a go.
For people who live in Tannum Sands, Boyne Island or Calliope and missed the Crocs sign-on, Treinna Finlay said they should just come down to training on a Tuesday or Thursday or give her a call on 0448 944 400.