Sis­ters se­lected for na­tional teams

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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.

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