Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Out of the Park; Mackay Softball Takes Strides to Be Number One in Australia

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Out of the Park; Mackay Softball Takes Strides to Be Number One in Australia

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Byline: Aidan Cureton Aidan.Cureton@dailymercury.com.au

Softball growth

2019 player numbers:

Junior numbers- 121

Senior men - 51

Senior women - 89

Other statistics:

6.1 per cent increase in total member numbers from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

60 per cent increase in junior females Under-12s from 2018 to 2019.

21 per cent increase in junior males Under-12s from 2018 to 2019.

MACKAY Softball Association has shone brighter than all associations across Australia for its efforts to better the sport.

Mackay was crowned the 2018-19 Homeplate Ladder Association Champion.

The award is given to associations that have taken strides in improving the quality of the sport in their regions.

Points are awarded across Australia for associations that implement the best practising governance, management as well as membership growth and retention.

Mackay president Debbie Carey shone the spotlight on vice-president John Herekiuha for bringing about positive change.

Mr Herekiuha said commitment to supporting members and providing programs to promote growth was where the association stood out.

"It's good to get some recognition, especially being in a regional area which sometimes gets overlooked by bigger cities," he said.

"It just means we, Mackay Softball, are doing the right things."

Herekiuha first stepped onto the diamond in his home country New Zealand to play juniors. But he put his sporting passions on the back burner to chase his career.

Mackay was where Herekiuha resumed his sporting pursuits and before long he took up a leadership role within the association.

"I realised I could contribute to growing the game here, which was beneficial for me because I got more people to play against," he said.

"Through my playing experiences here, which have been good, and then administering some of the competitions and helping out around the state championships I saw some room for improvement. …

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