aims for Olympics
A young Karratha-based softball ace is making waves in national circles as she pushes towards her dream of representing Australia at the Olympic Games.
Georgina Bushby has recently returned from the National Softball Championships and will soon be off to the State Schoolgirls competition in Melbourne.
Currently completing her final year of high school, Bushby said she aimed to move to Perth to pursue softball as a priority after school.
“It is very hard coming from here and fitting into those teams, but I have made a lot of new friends now ... and every time I go back down, I fit right back into those groups,” she said.
“As of now I am thinking I will leave here for Perth as it’s just a lot easier down there for training.”
While the lure of a bunt at the bigtime is drawing her to Perth, Bushby said her time in the local softball competition had proven invaluable.
“These guys, I like to call them my family I suppose,” she said. “They’re really a lot of fun to come back and play with.
“The competition is not very much like down there, but it’s a lot of fun — some of the pitches up here are very fast.”
Father and coach Matt Bushby said the help received from the community provided more than just financial aid for his daughter to pursue her dream.
“It helped that Georgina came up through the ranks of teeball then started coaching, so a lot of sponsors have come from parents who have seen her coach their kids,” he said.
“Financially, it’s been pretty big on my wife and myself, but we’ve had help from the likes of the City of Karratha, the West Pilbara Softball Association, North West Shelf and Neilsen’s Waste.
“The Department of Sports and Recreation has been very active in sending out emails and keeping us in the loop with what’s going on and what they can do for us.”
Mr Bushby said the T-ball and softball groups had provided strong support for Georgina and her sister Courtney in their endeavours.
Georgina Bushby in action at the Australian Titles.