Softball Victoria joins the wider Victorian Softball community in congratulating Kerrie Maddern and Mary Walkinshaw on receiving Life Membership of the organisation.
Both Kerrie and Mary were ratified for the honour at Softball Victoria’s 2017 Annual General Meeting held last month.
The induction of Kerrie Maddern (nee Besley) as a Life Member comes on the back of her long-standing contribution to the sport, which began with her time involved with the Springvale Softball Club in the Dandenong Softball Association.
Since then, Kerrie has gone on to have a significant impact at Club and Association level across a range of on and off-field endeavours, including umpiring, playing, coaching and administration.
As an illustration of her impact at the grassroots level, Kerrie has been made a Life Member of both the Springvale and Glen Waverley Softball Clubs, as well as the Dandenong Softball Association.
Kerrie was integral in the establishment of the Victorian Scoring Committee. Her involvement spanned 10 years, over which time she was the Director of Scoring for five of those years. As such, she played the role of mentor and teacher to many of Victoria’s statisticians.
Her significant involvement in driving this Committee resulted in mentoring some outstanding Victorian statisticians; many of whom have gone on to be some of Australia’s finest in Australia’s best scoring pathway. Many have Kerrie to thank for their success and love of scoring, and her contribution to Scoring at National level was recognised in 2004 when she was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame.
Kerrie’s involvement with Softball Victoria commenced in 1980 in her role as Manager of the Open Women’s team, then as a State Statistician and Board Member.
Kerrie’s diversity of contribution is evident across the range of roles she has undertaken over more than 25 years of involvement with Softball Victoria. Her outstanding contribution in such a range of roles is testament to her enthusiasm for the game and her commitment to supporting all who are associated with Softball regardless of their area of endeavour.
Mary Walkinshaw’s long history of dedication to the sport of Softball in Victoria has been deservedly acknowledged with Softball Victoria Life Membership.
Mary first played softball in Melbourne Royal Park in Parkville for the YCW Association, before moving to Drouin in her profession as a teacher.
Mary’s time there saw her become a founding member of the Drouin South Softball Club, before expanding her involvement into administrative roles as Secretary and President of the West Gippsland Softball Association. Mary’s contribution to the Association was recognised with Life Membership during this time.
After returning to Melbourne, Waverley Softball Association became Mary’s home base in a Softball sense. Mary began what was to become an extensive involvement in scoring during her time involved with Waverley, with National Level accreditation in 1996 and Level 4 NOAS accreditation in May 2007 her crowning achievements in this space.
Mary has been a lecturer for all scoring levels since 1999; a span of 18 years when she has given up numerous Sundays and evenings for the benefit of all statisticians across Victoria.
Mary has always been willing to teach, train and mentor scorers at club and association level just as much as when she was doing the higher levels of open state or national tournaments.
Alongside this, Mary has taking on numerous playing, umpiring and general volunteer roles for much of the time she has been a statistician. Mary’s diversity in these roles have been apparent at many Masters and Waverley Easter Junior tournaments where she has regularly performed multiple jobs on the same day to make the event run smoothly.
On behalf of the Victorian Softball community, Softball Victoria thanks and congratulates both Kerrie and Mary for their outstanding contributions to the sport and their well-deserved Life Membership Awards.
Kerrie Maddern (nee Besley) Statement of Achievements
1980 SV Open Women’s Team Manager
1986-7 SV U16 Girls Statistician
1988-98 SV Scoring Committee
1988-94 SV Open Women’s Statistician
1988-89 SV Board member
1990-94 Appointed to the Australian Open Women’s team as Statistician attending two
World championships 1990 and 1994
1990-95 Softball Australia Director of Scoring
2002 SV Open Men’s team Manager
2003-06 SV Open Women’s team Manager
2004 Inducted into Softball Australia’s Hall of Fame
2008-11 SV U17 Girl’s Statistician
Mary Walkinshaw Statement of Achievements
Team statistician for Glen Waverley Softball Club since 1996, 21 years
Team statistician for Waverley Softball Association since 1998, 9 years
Team statistician for Victorian State Teams since 2000, 13 years
Team statistician for Australian National Teams since 2003, 7 years
Official Statistician at State Competitions since 1998, 12 years
Official Statistician for various National tournaments since 1996, 12 years
Official Statistician for various International tournaments since 2002, 3 years
Tournament Chief Statistician (TCS) at National Championships since 2002, 8 years
Computer Statistician at Sydney Olympic games in 2000
Head Statistician technical area at Men’s Commonwealth Championship at Melbourne in 2006
Committee member of the Victorian Softball Scoring Committee (Accreditation Officer) since 1998,
Committee member of the 19 years Victorian Tournament Committee – 7 years
Committee member of the National Scoring Committee 1995 – 2004 – 9 years.
Softball Australia Statistician of the Year 2012
Softball Victoria Statistician of the Year 2013