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IN THE blink of an eye, Jor­dan Lam­bert, Chelsea Robin­son and Mad­die Cameron have pro­gressed from star soft­ball lo­cals to gen­uine Olympic hope­fuls.

The youth­ful South Aus­tralian trio heads to Ja­pan in just over a fort­night as part of Aus­tralia’s early dress re­hearsal for soft­ball’s re­turn to sport’s big­gest show in Tokyo for the 2020 Games.

At 23, Lam­bert is the “vet­eran” of the three, af­ter earn­ing na­tional se­lec­tion in May, while Robin­son, 21 and Cameron, 23 were given op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter a few se­nior Aussie Spirit play­ers were un­avail­able.

“They both went to the U19 Aussie team but this is the first time at Open level and they’re ec­static about it,” Lam­bert said of her new in­ter­na­tional team­mates. “They just need to back them­selves - I think they’ve got the skills to be able to do what they do, and it will be good enough.”

Lam­bert is renowned as one of the state’s fiercest com­peti­tors to step on a di­a­mond.

“I like to hit but I can ‘run­ning bunt’ as well,” she said.

“I like to be a hard out and put a lot of pres­sure on the field­ing team. For me to go fur­ther, my speed is go­ing to be my big­gest as­set. Hope­fully I can show that off in Ja­pan. I know there is still plenty more I need to do, but it’s so ex­cit­ing to be part of it (with Olympics ap­proach­ing) and I’m hop­ing I can con­tinue it.” in ex­otic lo­ca­tions around the globe. Well, no such ex­cite­ment for Port Ade­laide’s outof-con­tract wing­man Matt White. Hardly one of Port’s high­est paid play­ers, White re­turned to Mel­bourne yes­ter­day to sup­ple­ment his in­come by work­ing as a labourer for a mate in a com­mer­cial land­scap­ing busi­ness. Gun­ston when he de­parted the Crows in 2011. And any Crows de­par­ture story wouldn’t be com­plete with­out Kurt Tip­pett and Pa­trick Danger­field. Yep, they won it in 2008 and 2009 re­spec­tively. Lehmann, is avail­able for $30 in­clud­ing postage via lawrie.col­liver@gmail.com

Pic­ture: AAP IM­AGE

CALL-UP: Mad­die Cameron, Jor­dan Lam­bert and Chelsea Robin­son will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in Ja­pan.

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