Pitch for World Cup

Fast-ball queen in line for Oz hon­our

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

MOSS­MAN’S Jacinda Bar­clay is fast-balling her way to Aus­tralia base­ball cham­pi­onships with an­other se­lec­tion for the national team in her sights.

As with all good pitch­ers, Jacinda has her eyes locked into the tar­get and is gear­ing to­wards the na­tion­als to be held in April.

“If I am se­lected I will travel to Edmonton, Canada to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the 2012 World Cup,” Jacinda said.

This will fol­low her suc­cess in the 2010 women’s base­ball World Cup held in Venezuela, where the Aus­tralian team won a sil­ver medal.

Earn­ing se­lec­tion for the Aus­tralian squad at 15, Jacinda sub­se­quently made her World Cup de­but in 2008 at the ten­der age of 16.

“I play for the love of the game, the many ad­ven­tures that it brings and the friend- ships I make along the way,” she said.

Af­ter throw­ing a blinder at the 2010 national cham­pi­onships held on the Gold Coast, Jacinda also took home the cov­eted tro­phy for best pitcher.

Orig­i­nally from Western Aus­tralia, Jacinda is cur­rently liv­ing in the Moss­man re­gion on a six-month place­ment, and has been play­ing and train­ing with lo­cal Cairns team the Cairns Heat while work­ing as a nanny for a lo­cal fam­ily as well as at the Dain­tree Eco Lodge.

Jacinda has en­joyed her time in Moss­man and is ex­cited to re­turn to the area af­ter she had com­peted in the na­tion­als.

“I love the trop­i­cal feel of the area and the lovely, friendly peo­ple,” she said.

“I also look for­ward to com­ing back to the Dain­tree Eco Lodge - it’s been a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence and a lovely environment to work in.”

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