Seabrook eyes the world stage
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.
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.