Seabrook eyes the world stage

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way Shirley.Way@cnbtimes.com.au

SOFT­BALL

AN­DREW Seabrook has his sights firmly set on a soft­ball di­a­mond in Ok­la­homa.

He in­tends the 2016 un­der-19 men’s world se­ries will mark his en­trance onto the world soft­ball stage.

“I want to play soft­ball for as long as pos­si­ble, and stay with it,” Seabrook said.

“When I’m older, I’ll get into coach­ing.”

Seabrook is on-track for his goal, having had a dream run in the six years since he picked up a bat at age 12.

This year, he’s rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in the U17 Devel­op­ment Team, played on Queens­land’s U17 team, and South Aus­tralia’s U19 team, and co-cap­tained theWide Bay U19 team for the state ti­tles.

This month, Seabrook re­ceived two awards – the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons Award from the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion and the Queens­land Sec­ondary School Soft­ball Rus­sell Miller Ser­vice to Soft­ball Award.

As Seabrook’s ca­reer has pro­gressed, he has played up a level with older teams and ap­pre­ci­ated the ben­e­fits.

“I like go­ing to higher lev­els and I re­ally like the pres­sure on the games: pres­sure on the team to per­form and if you don’t you let the team down,” Seabrook said.

“When I first started off, I was not re­ally dis­ci­plined.

“I had trou­ble stay­ing with the game and I would get frus­trated with my­self.

“Play­ing up you can see what they (other play­ers) can be like; see how they can progress through those lev­els and see how I can do the same thing.”

Learn­ing from dif­fer­ent coaches had also been a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit, said Seabrook.

While Seabrook is re­cov­er­ing from re­cent knee surgery, he may com­plete his Level 1 coach­ing.

“With that I can coach club games and go away for state cham­pi­onships.”

Having the cer­tifi­cate in his kit bag could prove use­ful as he plans to join a Bris­bane club next year when he at­tends univer­sity.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BAT­TING FOR GLORY: An­drew Seabrook bats for the Wide Bay sec­ondary school team against Dar­ling Downs.

Talented Coal­stoun Lakes soft­ball player An­drew Seabrook bats for Aus­tralia.

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