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Young Gladstone softball player pitches Qld side to third

Chyanne Downing in action.
Chyanne Downing in action. Contributed

CHYANNE Downing pitched Queensland to third place at the School Softball Australia 12 years and under Softball Championships 2012.

The 11-year-old pitcher, who lives just out of Mt Larcom, is the first girl in years to represent Gladstone in a Queensland softball team and her mother Kellie Pengelly said she was believed to be the first person ever to represent Ambrose State School in any Queensland sporting team

Chyanne said she was surprised to be picked for the team which played at nationals in Canberra between November 10 and 15.

"I had my doubts," Chyanne said.

This year was her firsplaying as Capricornia rep, the platform from which she was selected to represent the state, a first for her as well.

She said the national competition was hard, especially when they came up against first-placed ACT and second- placed New South Wales, but it "was a good experience".

Despite losing to New South Wales, Chyanne said that was the game she enjoyed the most.

"The one against New South Wales was a really tight game," she said.

"It was probably our best game."

Playing on the national stage was a little daunting.

"I felt kind of good but nervous in a way."

But Chyanne soon got past her worries as she said it was just like any other game when she was pitching.

The highlight of the whole experience for Chyanne was "knowing that we got a bronze medal".

She is already passionate about the sport which she has played with Gladstone Softball Association for the last two seasons.

She trains two days a week and plays a game every weekend but in the leadup to nationals she was training every day, getting through 100 pitches a day in preparation.

She said pitching was her favourite position. "You get to lead the team," she said.

And she is planning to continue softball for a while with the goal of playing in the Australian team.

 

Topics:  gladstone softball association gladstone sport queensland team



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