Cats have youth at the helm

CLUB’S YOUNGEST EVER CO-CHAIR­MEN

Stirling Times - - Sport - Kristie Lim

CARINE Cats Base­ball Club’s youngest co-chair­men are de­ter­mined to lift the pride and cul­ture at the club in years to come.

Cur­rent play­ers Luke Johns and Steven Tin­dale (both aged 33) were ap­pointed as co-chair­men in May – the youngest in the club’s 37-year his­tory – and have been work­ing with the City of Stir­ling to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing fund­ing a new 7.5m back net.

The pair have al­ready ar­ranged new mer­chan­dise and lo­gos, so­cial events, fundrais­ing ideas, new spon­sors, coaches and im­ports in prepa­ra­tion for the Base­ball WA 2017-18 sea­son, which started on Oc­to­ber 8.

The club has about 300 base­ball play­ers and 650 ju­nior tee­ballers.

Johns, an Aran­more Catholic Col­lege phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher, said he had been at the club for 10 years and wanted to fa­cil­i­tate pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes at the club.

“It also feels very re­ward­ing to be able to give back and make a change and build the club up from what we ex­pe­ri­enced 10 years ago and Steve for much longer when he played ju­niors here,” he said.

“Pride and cul­ture prob­a­bly wasn’t as high as it has been in the past, it has been a bit low over the last few years.

“We have been pretty lucky as a club; we al­ways kind of had the ju­nior num­bers com­ing through but from ju­niors to se­niors, we have seen a big drop off.”

Tin­dale, who works as an ac­count­ing part­ner, said the role was over­whelm­ing and a bit “daunt­ing”.

“I started here at tee­ball so I have been here for pretty much my whole life,” he said.

“From a so­cial side, guys are get­ting in­volved on Thurs­day nights and we have func­tions com­ing up.

“But it is now re­tain­ing our ju­niors, get­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence and when they be­come 16 years to 28, in 10 years time; that is when we be­come a real pow­er­house.”

Carine Cats’ state league team will play their first home game against the Mt Law­ley-based Perth Base­ball Club on Oc­to­ber 22.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474366

Carine Cats Base­ball Club co-chair­men Steven Tin­dale and Luke Johns.

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