Softball Victoria (SV) joins the wider Victorian Softball community in congratulating Bryan Edwards and Greg Brown on receiving Life Membership of the organisation.
Both Bryan and Greg were confirmed with the honour at Softball Victoria’s 2019 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday.
The induction of Bryan Edwards as a Life Member comes on the back of his long-standing contribution to the sport, which has seen him participate at all levels, with his experience encompasses multiple skill sets, from playing, coaching, umpiring and serving on committees.
Bryan’s involvement in softball commenced when he began coaching his wife Helen’s team within the Sunshine Softball Association. Bryan and Helen moved to the newly formed Keilor Park Softball Association in the mid 1980s where Bryan expanded his softball interests by serving on the Association Executive. As a committee member of Keilor Park, Bryan was instrumental in developing and growing the Association.
He actively contributed, from working on the grounds to participating in accreditation courses, including coaching and umpiring to further the knowledge and experience of KPDSA.
Bryan was later nominated and elected President, a position he held for 20 years. During his tenure as President, Bryan gave his time to attend countless meetings with Brimbank City Council, and kept the avenue of good relations open.
Bryan continued his passion of coaching and began playing softball for the Comets Softball Club, excelling in both disciplines. A natural leader on and off the diamond, he led by example and was highly respected by his players.
In 1990, Bryan made his Victorian debut, playing for the Open Men’s team in Adelaide. Bryan played in his tenth consecutive Open Nationals with Victoria in 1999, winning the John Reid Shield. Having retired from Nationals as a player, Bryan was appointed head coach of the team and held this position for a further ten years winning four John Reid Shields, leading the team through the most successful period of the Victorian Open Men’s team in history.
Whilst success came for Bryan on the diamond, hard work was his forte behind the scenes as he continued his administrative contribution to the sport. In 2000, Bryan was elected President of Softball Victoria serving on the Board of Directors for eleven years in this position.
In his role as President Bryan represented our State Body to numerous government departments, other agencies and community organisations. He also contributed to many Softball Victoria committees and working groups, notably the Victorian Championships, and Masters committees where his skills developing draws were well utilised.
Bryan’s dedication to our state body was evident in his tireless contribution and his willingness to be hands on with his volunteer staff, which enabled him to better understand the state member base.
Bryan is an outstanding ambassador for SV and his service has been exceptional in the area of administration where significant improvement to softball has been demonstrated.
Greg Brown’s long history of dedication to the sport of Softball in Victoria has been deservedly acknowledged with Softball Victoria Life Membership.
Greg, known as (“Brownie”) is a familiar face at the Waverley Softball Association and has been around for more than 30 years. Greg is a Life Member of the Glen Waverley Softball Club and the Waverley Softball Association, where he has coached various age Association representative teams since 1983 and served on several Executive Committees.
Greg has coached more representative teams at Waverley than records provide, he is also an active Coach and mentor with the Glen Waverley Softball Club.
Greg is a proud Victorian representative. Commencing in 1987 as the Assistant Coach of the Victorian Under 16 Girls team, he has since represented Victoria at a further 18 National Championships. Greg’s involvement in these teams either as Assistant Coach, Head Coach or Specialist Coach has seen him devote hours of his time training and perfecting the art of Softball.
Over the years Greg has become a passionate batting coach, which led him to complete a University Degree in Biomechanics. There would be few players past and present who have not benefited from his knowledge and experience.
Greg’s contribution to Victorian softball is exemplary, and his methodical approach to batting and experience provides all who work with him access to his immense knowledge.
Greg’s continued involvement in Victorian softball at the elite level is inspiring to all Coaches.