Girl power hits the world stage
A dozen budding baseball players are competing at the worlds – and this year there’s a girl in their midst.
The New Zealand Under-13s are competing in the Asia-Pacific Middle East regionals of the Little League Baseball World Series in the Philippines until July 6.
And Beth Taylor Reid is relishing the moment. She is the only girl in the team and is excited to play on the world stage.
The Central City Baseball youngster says she is used to competing against boys as the only female at the club.
‘‘This is an amazing opportunity to show girl power and that girls can do anything,’’ she says.
The winners of the Asia-Pacific Middle East region competition will go on to compete in the world series final in Pennsylvania in August.
But to get there, the New Zealand team has to take the title in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.
To get them ready for the heat, coach Cola Yeh organised a week-long training camp in Taiwan where they trained with the team from Chinese Taipei.
During the Philippines tournament, a ‘‘sister school’’ is supporting the New Zealand team. The Kiwi players have taken school supplies and first aid gear to leave with their sister school when the tournament is over.
The team will also be donating their baseball gear to the school and giving them 10 per cent of the money they have raised during the competition.
right: The Onehunga High School girls rugby team is on a stellar run this year. They are unbeaten in their competition and last week beat national champions Feilding 42-14. Top effort, below: Mt Albert Grammar School first XI midfielder Deven Jackson races for the ball in last week’s match against Epsom Girls. MAGS won the game 2-0, putting them at the top of the Auckland Secondary School Soccer table. Ref’s call, left: Epsom’s Kathy Li, left, with fellow St Cuthberts’ students Jamaica Vaughan, Sarah Cronin and Emma Beggs have just been awarded their Netball Umpiring Centre Badge.
Flying solo: Central City Baseball’s Beth Taylor Reid is the only girl competing for New Zealand in the Little League Baseball World Series this month.