Some of Australia’s best young softball players are currently touring Japan, training and competing in an international environment as part of Softball Australia’s Pathways Program.
The Under 19 Australian Development Squad and Under 16 Aussie Diamonds have been in Japan just under one week and have already played matches as part of the National Women’s High School Softball Tournament in Chiba.
Training and playing in an international environment, under experienced coaches against quality opposition is providing each athlete with improved knowledge and skills of the game.
Following a two day sightseeing break in Tokyo, including a trip to the happiest place on earth – Disneyland – the teams have returned to the softball pitch today to contest games against local team Vonds Ichihara.
The Japan tour will next see the two teams attend several matches in the Japan Softball League and will also meet Aussie Spirit captain Stacey Porter, who plays for SG Holdings Sagawa, and Aussie Spirit pitcher Ellen Roberts, who plays for Ogaki Minamo.
The Japan tour has been made possible by the work of Softball Australia’s Technical Project Coordinator, Brooke Wilkins, and Sportslink International – a leading provider for sports tours for athletes and spectators.