Travel pays off for Nathan

HOUR upon hour spent travelling in the family car is paying dividends for local baseballer Nathan Cunningham.

Cunningham’s father, Michael, has worked out the family has driven more than 25,000km since May to help the talented baseballer reach his goals.

It all seems worth it now, though.

Near countless hours spent driving to Lismore and Brisbane with his parents has seen Cunningham selected in the Queensland under-16 team.

The selection means the teenager and his parents will have to endure more return trips to Queensland each week until the national titles are held in January.

Although a proud Coffs Coast resident, Cunningham’s selection for the Maroons was due to him plying his trade in the Lismore competition over the past six months which plays under the banner of Queensland Baseball.

Initially selected for the Far North Coast team to compete in the State championships, the all-rounder was impressive enough to be selected in the 30-man squad before being named last week in the final team of 18 players.

Still only 14 years old, there’s no doubting that the Toormina High student has come a long way since representing NSW Country in the under-14 national titles last year.

There’s a good chance that he could go even further . . . which would mean more hours behind the wheel.

Cunningham has the opportunity to compete at the Oceania AA Baseball Championships being held in Auckland following the Australian National Youth Championships.

This tournament would determine which players represent Oceania at the AA World Championships in Mexico later in 2011.

It’s a safe bet that there would be plenty more kilometres knocked up on the family car’s odometer before the boy with stars in his eyes finally gets his own wheels.

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