Softball Australia Pathways Coordinator, three-time Olympian and WBSC Hall of Fame member Brooke Wilkins has added to her illustrious list of commendations after being inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame overnight.
Wilkins, a lethal left-handed pitcher and Aussie Spirit alum with 197 caps under her belt, was unable to attend the ceremony due to border restrictions however made sure a fellow member of the pitching cartel was there in Mel Roche while a former Queensland coach Sue Nisbet accepted the induction on her behalf.
She becomes the 200th athlete inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame and 50th female athlete.
“She was just brilliant, I guess I’ve known Brooke for 31 years and the first time I saw her she was a 15-year-old pitcher for New South Wales and I was the Queensland Under 16 coach,” said Nisbet.
“She pitched every game and they beat us and won the championship that year. I’ve just watched her go from strength-to-strength throughout that time from Under 19’s to World Championships to Olympic Games and she’s never ever lost her personality or her strength or her resilliance and the determination to be the best that she possibly can be.”
Her contribution to the game has carried into her professional life with Wilkins currently working for Softball Australia as Pathways Coordinator, a fantastic asset for the organisation in a wide-ranging role.
“We are so lucky to have Brooke working for Softball Australia as Pathways Coordinator,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“Alongside her work with our Scorers and Umpires, Brooke also oversees our Aussie Diamonds international development tours which give a taste of what our High Performance program looks like to up and coming softballers across the country.
“To have a three-time Olympic softballer leading a program like that is invaluable and Brooke’s passion for the sport is evident through those tours.
“On behalf of Softball Australia, I congratulate Brooke on another well-deserved accolade.”
The 2020 Queensland Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremony is available on the QSport Facebook page.