FOCUSSED: Josh Ferguson has been selected in the Queensland U17 state team that will play in the Australian Championships in Sydney which starts on Saturday.
FOCUSSED: Josh Ferguson has been selected in the Queensland U17 state team that will play in the Australian Championships in Sydney which starts on Saturday. Mike Richards GLA010118JOSH

Softballer Josh in great state for championships

SOFTBALL: It's been a rapid rise for catcher Josh Ferguson.

So much so that even his latest surprise caught him on the hop after he found out that he was selected in to compete in the U17 Boys' National Softball Championships from this Saturday to next Friday in Blacktown, New South Wales.

"No I didn't see my selection in the team coming as I did not play to the best of my ability in the U17 tournament at Ipswich," Josh said.

He believed that he had an advantage over his 'rivals' during the selection process.

"Also played in the U19 tournament in Redcliffe and the same Queensland selectors attended this tournament and were impressed with the way I played, which I believe gave me a better chance of being picked up in the team," Josh said.

It was from an early age Josh realised he could go the distance in softball. "I started softball at the age of seven and began to represent my state in the U12 school boys' team when I was 11 years old," he said.

He is another example of the talented athletes Gladstone continues to produce and it's another such athlete who has helped fast-track Josh's development.

"Being around the sport for so long and watching all the older men represent their state and Michael Ludkin represent his country," he said about Ludkin's influence.

While Josh likes catching the leather, he also said enjoys being in front of the catcher.

"My preferred position would have to be catcher because I have been doing it for seven years now and really enjoy it, however I also love batting as most softballers do," he said.

He also admitted there have been many highlights throughout his burgeoning career, but his biggest to date is still to come.

"I have so many highlights from my softball career, but my all time favourite would have to be getting the opportunity to represent my state in Blacktown soon along side many other talented softball players," he said.



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