Blacktown International Sportspark and Softball NSW will play host to the U18 Women’s National Championship and officially round out the 2020 Australian titles contested in the Summer from 19-25 January.
Like most championships in 2020, the U18 Women’s National Championship will also serve as an audition for international selection ahead of the WBSC U18 Women’s World Cup.
The Junior Spirit will aim to improve on their fourth-place finish from 2019’s edition when the best young softballers in the world converge on this year’s host nation, Peru, from 21-30 August 2020.
The tournament will be held at Villa María del Triunfo Sports Complex in the Peruvian capital, venue of this year’s Pan American Games Lima 2019 softball competition.
“WBSC is very happy with the awarding of the U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup to Peru,” said WBSC Softball Chairman, Tommy Velazquez.
“After the amazing softball success at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, we’re very proud to continue building the legacy of this event, awarding Peru the hosting rights of one of the most important international softball events in the world.”
This will be the first ever U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup, the new age bracket created to replace the old U-19 Women’s Softball World Championship.
Newly selected Junior Spirit Head Coach Chantelle James and her staff will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings at Blacktown with an Australian squad to be appointed shortly after the tournament.
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.
Team lists, and draw for the U18 Women’s National Championship available at softball.org.au.
The 2020 U23 Men’s and Women’s National Championships will be held at Redlands, Queensland from 5-11 July, 2020.