Awesome foursome selected for state
SOFTBALL: Months of hard work has paid dividends for four Gladstone athletes.
Kirsty Lester, Annamonet Massey, Nicholas Gehrmann and Connor Edgerton have been selected in the under-15 Queensland teams which will compete in the Softball Australia U15 Regional Softball Championships in Perth and Canberra respectively.
Kirsty will play for Queensland Fire while Annamonet will be in Queensland Flame's colours for the championships which will be held in Perth from January 6-12.
Nicholas and Connor will be team-mates for Queensland Storm and the pair venture off to Canberra for the January 14-20 championships.
The players have trained weekly under the guidance of Gladstone Regional Academy coach Tash Chequer-Edwards and this has complemented the designated training programs set out by Softball Queensland.
"These kids are such talented players and are so dedicated and are so driven because they want to be successful," Chequer-Edwards said.
"I have been working with them on their physical and mental side."
The coach said the quartet have also put in extra training in their own time so that they are cherry ripe for battle in the west and down south.
Chequer-Edwards described Connor as a 'powerhouse'.
"He's a catcher and a batter and he hits the ball a long way," she said.
Nicholas is a second base and short stop, but Chequer-Edwards said he is an all-rounder who can pitch with variety.
"Annamonet is a hard worker and she has an X-factor about her while Kirsty has speed and agility and I think she would be in the top three fastest pitchers in her age group in the state," Chequer-Edwards said of the female players.