Tom Healey elected to Soft­ball NL

Gan­der Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion hope­ful for 2017 sea­son

The Beacon (Gander) - - Sports -

GAN­DER, NL — Soft­ball NL will have a Gan­der pres­ence on its board of di­rec­tors.

Tom Healy, pres­i­dent of the Gan­der Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (GMSA), was elected to the board, and named the cen­tral di­rec­tor at the or­ga­ni­za­tions AGM on May 6.

In­cluded in this board of di­rec­tors is the newly filled po­si­tion of ladies’ di­rec­tor, held by Vic­to­ria Davis who has many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the game of fast pitch. The ladies’ di­rec­tor po­si­tion will be tasked with find­ing ways to grow the fe­male game and mak­ing the play­ers more com­pet­i­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to a press release is­sued by Soft­ball NL, this role will be im­por­tant to Gan­der and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, as the sport of fast pitch soft­ball is be­gin­ning to gain mo­men­tum and sup­port as play­ers learn this game.

Cur­rently, the (GMSA), which formed in 2015, is made up solely of fe­male play­ers so the formation of a ladies’ di­rec­tor po­si­tion to grow the sport across the prov­ince is very promis­ing for Healy.

When the GMSA was formed, it was to gauge in­ter­est for the sport with fe­males in the Gan­der area as base­ball was fill­ing that gap for males. Un­for­tu­nately, there were not many fe­males play­ing base­ball, so the de­ci­sion of Healey was to of­fer this sport to fe­males in the area.

With play­ers from Gan­der and Glen­wood, Healy said it was ob­vi­ous that there was an in­ter­est. For the first year in 2015, coaches fo­cused on teach­ing the ba­sics as this was a new sport for most of the play­ers. The only games played dur­ing that first year were fun games so that the skills could de­velop.

Un­for­tu­nately, ac­cord­ing to Healy, this meant not play­ing against other teams from across the prov­ince. In 2016, all the prac­tice was put to use.

Gan­der was rep­re­sented at the U16 fe­male fast pitch pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment in Shea Heights; U14 fe­male fast pitch pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment in Avon­dale and was Cen­tral’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the 2016 NL Sum­mer Games in CBS where they lost a heart­breaker in the bronze medal game.

“To say that the 2016 sea­son was suc­cess­ful one is a huge un­der­state­ment. The ex­pe­ri­ences of the play­ers and coaches would not have been re­al­ized with­out the great ef­forts put in by ev­ery­one,” he said.

The GMSA hopes that 2017 will be more suc­cess­ful. In­door Spring Train­ing has been hap­pen­ing at St. Paul’s In­ter­me­di­ate School each Mon­day from 4:30-6 pm where the num­bers are grow­ing weekly. The As­so­ci­a­tion hopes to field teams in the U14, U16 and the U18 di­vi­sions this year.

As well, they have ap­plied to host the 2017 U16 fe­male Fast Pitch Pro­vin­cial is sched­uled for the week­end of July 26-28. The award­ing of his tour­na­ment should be known very soon and GMSA is stay­ing very pos­i­tive that they will be awarded this tour­na­ment.

Sub­MIT­Ted PhoTo

Tom Healy, pres­i­dent of the Gan­der Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, third from the right, was re­cently elected to the board of di­rec­tors, and cen­tral di­rec­tor with Soft­ball NL.

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