Sporty sisters show softball skills
DESPITE never having picked up a softball mitt until last year, Gayndah twins Charlie and Jasmine Wager have earned selection in the Wide Bay U12 girls team to play in the State Championships in Cairns later this year.
"They haven't played in a club, just raw talent has allowed them to get where they are today,” mother Amanda said.
Jasmine will likely play as a pitcher, and Charlie thought she would be a shortstop.
Gayndah State School has recognised their talents, appointing them sports captains for Burnett house in 2019.
Last year, Charlie and Jasmine won the school's Year 5 Citizenship award.
Amanda and husband John have been fundraising to help send their talented children to Cairns, cobbling together about $700 through selling raffle tickets and cupcakes at the monthly markets in Gayndah.
They were also helped with an Aspirations4Kids in Sport grant, the charity championed by former Australian cricketer Ian Healy.
"(John) and I, we'll eat noodles, rice, beans, whatever it takes to get them there,” Amanda said.
After posting on Softball Queensland's Facebook page, the organisation helped the family by donating balls, a home plate, pitcher's mound and training tee to help Charlie and Jasmine's development.
So keenly have Charlie and Jasmine taken to softball that Amanda hopes to form a club in Gayndah.
"It's a great team-building sport,” she said.
Amanda said she has already had discussions with a potential coach for the team and other parents who have expressed interest.
"It's just a matter of getting people involved,” she said.
Amanda said there was not enough for kids to do in country towns and sports helped "get them outside instead of in front of a computer screen”.
The Queensland Schoolgirls 10-12 years State Championships are from August 29 to September 1.