Tairawhiti boys to gain international experience.
Eight Tairawhiti boys have been named in International Softball Academy New Zealand squads touring overseas over the next five months.
Corban Richter will travel to Canada with the ISA development squad in June/July — a 23-day tour featuring tournament and exhibition games in Saskatoon, Alberta and Manitoba.
Jake Noble and Adam Nepe are in the u17 squad to compete at the Prague Joudrs International Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, in May.
Brandie Reihana, Chleo Reihana-Davis, Treyson Hikitapua-Wilson, Corey Boocock and Rikki Noble are in the u15 squad, who head to Sydney at the end of September for the New South Wales Blues junior tournament at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Tairawhiti Softball Association president Walton Walker said that although their softball achievements were commendable, it was their resilience and character that needed to be celebrated.
Without those the boys would have achieved nothing, he said.
“It’s that old adage that talent will take you so far but to be successful you have to have commitment, work ethic, resilience and selflessness to reach the pinnacle in sports.
“I believe these boys will represent Tairawhiti with pride and play the right way — with a smile on their faces.