SISTERS GET INTO SWING
Delight as duo make squad together for first time to take shot at world titles in South Korea
THIS year marks Kim McMillan’s fifth baseball world titles but with sister Tammy also selected, it’s shaping up to be the St Marys baseballer’s best yet.
Born into a family of baseball lovers, McMillan started pitching when she was just three. She made her international debut in 2008.
Despite her experience McMillan, 26, said it was an honour to be selected. “It’s always an advantage, of being in it previously, but there are so many talented young girls coming through,” she said. “I still get the same buzz every single time I go out there.”
With younger sister Tammy selected for the first time, McMillan said this year would be special. “We are both pretty much over the moon, this is our childhood dream,” McMillan said. “My sister lives in Queensland and we have played against each other at a national level for five years – it will be awesome to play together.”
McMillan, a pitcher and first base player, agrees with coach Simone Wearne the team is competitive. “We are always around that bronze medal mark and now we are hoping with the youth to add some speed,” she said.
Australia take on the US, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong in the pool round, which will begin on September 3 in South Korea.