Sisters selected for national teams
A pair of Whitby sisters are lighting up the country’s softball world.
Adventure School student Arene Landon-Lane, 12, was selected in the North Island U15 Softball Team in February, attended an U14 NZ Basketball Camp Rotorua in April, and has been chosen for the U13 NZ Baseball Team which is heading to Missouri in August.
Meanwhile, her older sister and Aotea College student Te Haumihiata Landon-Lane, 16, has been selected in the U17 NZ ISA Softball attending the Friendship games in Brisbane in July, and the U17 NZ Emerging Softball Squad.
Dad Tane Landon-Lane said Arene’s training routine started at 6.30am each morning and included specialist training from the likes of a former American Angles MLB pitcher and coach who was helping her with her pitching technique.
‘‘Arene is a keen sports girl who has worked hard to excel at a variety of sports,’’ Landon-Lane said.
‘‘Arene recently dusted off her rugby boots for the first game of the season last weekend. However her rugby season may be short lived with her selection to the national baseball team.’’
She was recently selected in the NZ U13 Baseball team which will compete in the U13 Cal Ripken World series. Players were selected from Australia and throughout New Zealand. The tournament will be held in Branson, Missouri from August 3 to 10.
Arene, one of four players selected from the Wellington region, represents the Bombers Baseball team and Central Sports Club.
In the build-up to the tournament, training camps will be held in Auckland, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.
Meanwhile, Te Haumihiata has been selected in the NZ ISA U17 Softball team which will compete in the Friendship games in Brisbane in late July.
Te Haumihiata has also been selected in the New Zealand U17 Emerging Sox team.
Arene Landon-Lane, on the right, with some softball teammates.
Te Haumihiata Landon-Lane looks to get a shot off during Aotea College’s Sportacular last year.