18-year-old catcher selected for international tournament
ROCKHAMPTON'S Dan Giles has only been playing softball for five years but he's already received a call that may change his young playing career.
Make that an email, actually.
The 18-year-old catcher has been selected to take part in the Open Men's Asian International Softball Tournament as a representative for the Australian Development Team.
While thrilled to get the nod to wear the renowned green and gold, Giles certainly wasn't anticipating his name to be called upon.
"I received an email from the team telling me I had been selected," he said.
"I'm very, very excited. But it definitely was quite unexpected.''
Giles will join an Australian squad mixed with current national representatives and other up and coming players from around the country.
Teams from Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore will compete in Singapore from August 12-19.
The Australian boys won't have much time for sightseeing, however, as the team arrives immediately before the event and returns home the day after it ends.
Softball is a high profile sport in Asia and the level of skill that Giles and his teammates will face pits them against some of the fiercest competition in the world.
Giles will learn from the best through the Australian Development team's Canadian-born coach Bob Harrow. He was the head coach of the national Australian team from 2001 to 2013 and boasts a number of achievements, including a 2009 induction into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame.
As for the young Giles, he will look to take advantage of the enormous opportunity to help build what is shaping to be a long and successful career.
"Going into the tournament, I have no idea of what to really expect," Giles said.
"I'm hoping it will be a chance for me to get noticed for the national Australia team.
"But we'll see."