MEN'S SOFTBALL: Across The Waves Tsunamis' catcher Carey Beacham playing against Bargara Bullets at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday, 28 February 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
MEN'S SOFTBALL: Across The Waves Tsunamis' catcher Carey Beacham playing against Bargara Bullets at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday, 28 February 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Little waves could turn into a tsunami

EACH Saturday morning over summer the diamonds at Coulthard Oval are alive with the sounds of kids having fun while they learn to play softball and it's the hope of every club in Bundaberg to get more juniors playing the game.

Across The Waves Softball Club has the motto "making little waves" for its junior program and after receiving a $4300 Giving4Grassroots (G4G) grant from the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) the little ripples it makes in the sport could turn into a tsunami.

ATW president Lee-Anne O'Leary said the grant will go to not only growing her club, but the entire Bundaberg Softball Association.

The G4G grant will enable Across The Waves Softball Club to purchase bats, balls, gloves and a junior pitching machine, all things to help the development of softball.

She hoped having the extra resources, more juniors who play in the T-ball to Under-16 age group will have the chance to learn the game.

Along with new equipment ATW will purchase the money will he it hold 12 come and try clinics which will be held from August to October.

As a result of the G4G grant program, more young local children will experience the personal enjoyment, positive health and social benefits sport provides to Australian communities.

ASF chief executive Patrick Walker said the G4G program was an important initiative for sports clubs and organisations to encourage more sports participation.

"Sport plays a significant role in creating better societies and allows all players to have fun and express themselves physically," Walker said.

"Importantly, sports participation has many proven health benefits such as overcoming problems that are linked to sedentary lifestyles.

"We congratulate Across The Waves Softball Club on winning the grant and we look forward to more local kids taking the initial steps to a lifetime enjoyment of active participation and enjoyment in sport."



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