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.

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