Hi my name is Briar, I am 15 and I have been selected to play for the New Zealand International Softball Academy!
Here is my story..
Over the last 3 years of playing softball I have achieved many things, such as making several representative teams and playing club age group through to reserve/premier level. These were great achievements, but I was met with many challenges.
I remember my very first challenge when I first started. I was with girls who had played since they were 6 years old, so I had to learn fast. These challenges tested my passion and determination to overcome them. The challenges varied when I took on the position, of pitcher. This at times was quite overwhelming.
Teaching myself how to adapt in a tense atmosphere during stressful games has made me a mentally stronger player. In the background I continue to work on my extras, as I know this will only benefit me in the long run. Not to mention balancing my softball commitments with schoolwork.
My long-term goal is to be playing softball in the USA under a scholarship. New Zealand ISA is a fantastic stepping stone towards my dream, as I will be exposed to what I can expect in the future, for example the international travel, trainings, tough competition and recognition.
My selection for this team came on the heel of my representative tournament earlier this year. As with most sport at this level, softball is user pays sport. My parents fund not only myself, but my older brother who also plays representative softball. This can put a huge strain on a family and I am so grateful for all the financial and emotional support my parents have given me.
If you can support in any way big or small to help get me on that plane in October, I will be forever grateful.