Tom Healey elected to Softball NL
Gander Minor Softball Association hopeful for 2017 season
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.
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.