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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL-UP: Maddie Cameron, Jordan Lambert and Chelsea Robinson will represent Australia in Japan.