Softball Australia are pleased to announce Chantelle James has been appointed Head Coach of the Australian U18 Women’s team, the Junior Spirit.
The Western Australian native has a wealth of experience in the international scene having filled numerous coaching positions with the Junior Spirit over the last decade, most recently Battery Coach during the U19 Women’s World Cup in the United States where Australia finished fourth.
James also has coached at the International Friendship Series over the last nine years and previously held the position of Head Coach with the Western Australia Open Women’s Team.
A teacher at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Perth by trade, James is no stranger to working with young people which will be a valuable asset to her role as Head Coach.
“Chantelle has been involved with the Junior Aussie Spirit program since 2011 and before joining the Junior Spirit staff she spent nine years involved with the International Friendship Series,” said Chet Gray, Chief Operating Officer at Softball Australia.
“We’re confident she’ll make a seamless transition into the Head Coach role and have our emerging Aussie Spirit stars at the peak of their powers for the upcoming WBSC U18 Women’s World Cup in 2020.”
James will aim to steer the Junior Spirit to a sixth medal in international competition to add to Australia’s swag of five bronze medals.
“Anytime we get to compete on the international stage is a huge occasion and after the Junior Spirit played so well in the last World Championship, we’re looking forward the 2020 edition,” added Gray.
An Australian squad will be selected following the U18 Women’s National Championship to be held at Blacktown International Sportspark from 19-25 January, 2020.
The WBSC are yet to confirm dates and venues of the 2020 U18 Women’s World Cup.