As I sit nursing a shoulder injury I suffered at the weekend, I have had a lot of time in between hospital and doctor appointments to think about what got me here.
The game I was playing when I injured my shoulder was a friendly to signal the start of the 2010 Decoys softball season and I was excited to be using my skills again after a long winter.
Softball has been a passion of mine since I was a child, so when I decided to take the sport up again last year I was thrilled to find the Central Coast had its own dedicated club – Decoys. After a few trial matches I rediscovered my love for softball and signed up for the season.
I soon found there was much more to the game than the Saturday matches – I formed great friendships with my team-mates, got to understand the business side of running the club through the executive (made up of ten players) and I found areas of the Central Coast I never knew about beforehand as I made my weekly trip to Tuggerah for the games.
I’ve never been a stranger to sharing my opinion, and was eagerly telling friends and family about how much fun I had playing softball again. It seemed a natural progression to take on the role as Decoys’ PR so we could boost the club’s numbers and encourage more younger players to join.
Softball is a sport that doesn’t receive a lot of media attention because it’s not nearly as glamorous as swimming, soccer or football, but it’s the perfect game for the whole family. At the moment there are 500 softball clubs in Australia with 32,000 members involved through playing, coaching or support. Many children get involved through T-ball and then go on to play softball as they get older. My daughter, Lily, is starting this year and I can’t wait to see how she develops.
This year I am sponsoring our Decoys team through my business The Transcription People and, I have to admit, I felt a great sense of pride at seeing my team and club mates pull on their new uniforms with the TTP logo. Even though it is now likely I will have to sit out this season, I will still be playing my part as cheerleader and supporter every week, even if it is from the sidelines.
Do yourself a favour and check out your local softball team. You can find the closest one by visiting www.softball.org.au and searching by postcode, association or club.
While you’re at it, check out Decoy’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Decoys.Softball.Club