Hi, I’m Caleb, I am 14 and live in Christchurch. I have been selected for the U16 NZ International Softball Academy team to travel to Prague, Czech Republic to compete in an international tournament. I would like to raise the necessary funds in order for me to accept selection to the team.
I started playing softball 5 years ago when my dad introduced me to the game. I thought it would be a great sport to have a go and generations of my family have played the sport so I wanted to carry it on. In 2014 I was selected in the Canterbury U15 boys team to go to Marlborough and compete in the South Island Championships. I took this great opportunity and played to the best of my ability. At this stage, I knew that this was my sport and I was determined to train hard to continue with my progress.
A year later the Canterbury Softball Association decided that they wanted to select the older boys ahead of the younger ones so I was placed in the Canterbury Development Team, which was still a great opportunity for me. It also made me determined to make the A team in the following year. In October 2016 I was named in the U15 NZ ISA team to tour Sydney, Australia. This was a very big opportunity for me. I always played to the best of my ability in attempt to make starting selection in each game. Later that year, I achieved my goal and made selection to the U15 Canterbury Boys A Team.