aims for Olympics

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Aus­tralian Ti­tles

Ge­orgina Bushby in ac­tion at the Aus­tralian Ti­tles.

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