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Here is your December edition of the Sox Nation Insider.
Even though the Tradestaff WBSC Men's Softball World Cup is now over, individuals who had the honour of participating will cherish their memories forever.
Collectively we exceeded expectations and delivered yet another world class event. We have provided a wonderful advertisement of New Zealand while showcasing our sport within New Zealand and across the globe.
Softball NZ wish to thank everyone that was involved in making the 17th edition of WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup such a success.
A special thank you to MBIE, Auckland Unlimited, Tradestaff, Whakaata Maori TV, North Harbour Softball Association , Trevor Smith and the NHSA grounds crew, the Local Organising Committee, WBSC, Shanelle Barrett, local schools, the 150+ volunteers and everyone else that contributed in some shape or form in making this celebration of softball such a professional and well organised event.
AUSTRALIA ARE WBSC MEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONS, BEATING FOUR-TIME WINNERS CANADA, USA CLAIM BRONZE
The silver medal makes Canada the most successful team in the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup with 13 medals - four gold, six silver and four bronze - one ahead of New Zealand on 13.
Fourth-ranked Australia produced an outstanding performance to beat four-time winners and world No. 3 Canada 5-1 to claim the TRADESTAFF WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.
As they had done all week, the Australians got off to a fast start with two runs in the first inning, and never let the powerful Canadian team back into the contest, in front of a 2,500 strong crowd at Rosedale Park in Albany. Read more here
Cole Evans, Monica Abbott, Maria Soto & Vaclav Svoboda complete WBSC Athletes’ Commission as softball athlete representatives
The four members were elected by athletes from National Federation members in an electronic vote staged from 1-9 November.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced the completion of the WBSC Athletes’ Representative election process, with the confirmation of softball athlete representatives: Monica Abbott (USA), Cole Evans (NZL), Maria Soto (VEN) and Vaclav Svoboda (CZE).
Olympians Abbott and Soto were elected to represent Women’s Softball athletes; while Evans and Svoboda will represent Men’s Softball athletes. The four representatives, elected by their peers from all WBSC Softball National Federations in an electronic vote staged from 1-9 November, will serve in the position for the next four years.
HOME RUNS AND GUMBOOT THROWS MAKE TIMARU SOFTBALL CLUB'S EVENT A HIT
A Timaru softball club hosted it’s second annual fundraiser, and the club captain is confident they raised more money for the club and the charity I Am Hope, than they did last year.
I Am Hope and Gumboot Friday is a charity close to Zingari Softball Club captain Jason Hampton’s heart, as is creating events for families to have fun.
The weather was on the club’s side on Sunday, as it hosted the Homerun Derby event at Sir Basil Arthur Park. Read more here
We support clean sport! If you play softball or support softball players (hi coaches and parents!) then you play a big part in keeping our sport clean. Find out what that means for you – from modelling clean sport values to knowing the rules or navigating supplement risks – at drugfreesport.org.nz/myrole
The Sky Sport New Zealand White Sox have created their own Instagram account. Check it out here and follow them on their Australia tour.