Qtown softballer in NZ team
Top southern softball player Tim Campbell hopes to continue his father’s legacy when selected for New Zealand’s first under-23 team.
Invercargill softballer Tim Campbell, 22, who lives in Queenstown, will be representing the country at the Australian championships in July.
‘‘I’m pretty stoked. I knew the team was happening but I wasn’t too sure [about being selected],’’ he said.
‘‘So it was a bit of a surprise to me.’’
He hoped his father - legendary Southern softball player Jamie Campbell, and mother, who passed away, would be proud.
‘‘They all played and I try to carry on and keep up,’’ he said.
The Demons player is a third baseman in the infield, like his father.
Campbell has been playing softball his whole life and played for New Zealand’s under 19 team.
‘‘We went to Argentina and Canada...but didn’t do too well.’’
However, the aim was set high this year.
‘‘We are definitely going there to win this tournament,’’ he said.
The under-23 team was created this year to ‘‘fill the gap’’ between the under-19 and men’s team.
Prior to July’s tournament Campbell will train every day.
‘‘If I do enough training it will help with the stress.’’
The softball tournament is on from July 5 to July 8.
Queenstown’s Tim Campbell is off to compete in Australia for New Zealand’s softball under-23 team in July.