Softball Victoria is delighted with the announcement that three Victorian Titans players have been named Identified Pathway Athletes following the 2017 Open Women’s National Championships.
Jess Bahn, Jackie Di Siervi and Bree Wanke will form part of the All Star Team who will be playing in the Down Under Series against New Zealand, Japan and the other Australian Squad starting on February 9.
The All Stars Team consists of athletes who have been identified as pathway athletes as we head towards Tokyo 2020.
Having attended the Nationals held in Blacktown, New South Wales, Softball Victoria’s Athlete and Coach Performance Manager Simon Blundell said he was impressed by the spirit showed by the team over the course of the tournament.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our Victorian Titans in the way they performed and conducted themselves on and off the diamond,” Blundell said.
“Had a couple of little things gone their way throughout the tournament, we may have been in contention for a top three finish.
“Whilst the entire team worked really well together, Jess, Jackie and Bree performed really consistently throughout the tournament, and it is a credit to them that they have been selected in the All Stars Team.
“Softball Victoria wishes them all the best.”
For all athletes participating in the Down Under Series, this represents another opportunity to put themselves up as contenders for the national team.
It is also the first time since 2014 when Bahn was named as a reserve for the World Championship team that Victoria has had representation in the Open Women’s squad.
Additionally, Softball Victoria also wishes Ryan Sinclair, Joel Goodall and Lewis Weldon all the best as they head off to represent the Aussie Steelers in the New Zealand Challenge Cup commencing on February 8.
The Steelers will play a series of matches against Japan, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Samoa and New Zealand throughout the tournament. Following this, the Aussie Steelers team for the World Championship in July will be announced.
Good luck to these six athletes vying for a Green and Gold cap!