Special Olympics athletes play slow pitch softball comprising of two teams with 10 athletes each.
Here you will find days, times, location and contact details for the Special Olympics Sydney Upper North Shore Softball Program.
Golden Jubilee Oval
Sunday 10.00 - 11.30am
Contact: Catherine Heuzenroeder - 9489 7593 firstname.lastname@example.org
St Ives Village Green
Wednesday 6pm - 7:30pm
Contact: Fran Eustace - 0418 476 866 email@example.com
Adult T-Ball Group - terms 1 and 4 only
Chatswood High School Oval
Tuesday 5pm - 6pm
Contact: Deb Frost - 0424 403 065 firstname.lastname@example.org
A fantastic day was had by all at the recent regional softball carnval held by SOSUNS at st Ives Village Green. The sun chose this day to finally shine through and all players were in good spirits.
There are currently only two softball teams in NSW, SOSUNS and Sydney North. The two teams enjoyed a friendly game with sportsmanship and goodwill the predominant features of the day.
Brett, our SOSUNS coach, did a fantastic job managing the game and keeping the players motivated to do their best. He was admirably supported by massistnat coach mandy, umpires Sue and Fran and the Sydney North coaches Olly and Beth.
A huge thank you also to our band of student volunteers who supported Brett and Mandy and helped the athletes really have a good time with lots of help and laughs.
Both teams batted and fielded well. There were so many home runs on both sides that at the end of the session the game was called a healthy and successful draw!
Well done to parent coordinator Cath, on organising a great softball experience for our athletes!
Recently I received the following letter from a mother of a Special Olympic athlete. This athlete, Alistair, represented NSW in the softball at the recent National Games in Adelaide.
‘Alistair had the best time in Adelaide at the 2010 Special Olympics National Games. Alistair came home a different young man. He is much more confident and his language has improved as he is concentrating on trying to be understood. Alistair is now saying his sentences much more clearly and they are sentences, not just one word answers.
Congratulations Mel, Harry and Andew who have been selected to represent Australia in the softball team at the World Games. The World Games will be held in Athens next year.
Your fellow athletes and supporters at SOSUNS are so proud of you all. You have trained and played hard. You deserve your selection not only because you are great softball players but also because you are team players!!
Well done, good luck and have a brilliant time representing your country.
NSW went down to Tasmania in their opening match by a nailbiting one home run. The Tasmanian team has dominated NSW in past National Games, but not any more!
Games were also played against Western Australia and Victoria where NSW again showed their improvement from previous years.
As the competition reached it’s final day a large crowd gathered to watch the bronze medal playoff between NSW and Tasmania.
Word had got around that the NSW team was FUN and as reported in the daily camp newsletter had become the ‘…favourites of the entire National Games…’ Other states and volunteers commented on the sportsmanship, skill, morale and spirit of this fantastic team. The NSW team may not have been the most athletic, the fastest or the strongest but they were certainly the most talented at providing the crowd with a great entertaining sports match with a brilliant combination of skill and personality on display every time they took to the field.
Harry led the team with accurate pitching under pressure and great fielding from close in, Mel took a spectacular catch and made numerous tag outs between first and second, Shaun, Alistair and Jimmy sprinted the outfield time and again intiating some impressive relay throwing and Andrew constantly plucked the ball out of nowhere as catcher.
Once again Tasmania won by one home run, but with the crowd cheering enthusiastically, the NSW Blues felt like the winners as they collected their fourth place winners.
Fran (supercoach), Deb and Elissa attended the Games with the softball team as coaches and carers. It was a week filled with great experiences, fun and plenty of laughs. Congratulations to Fran, who so impressed officials with her coaching skills that she has been selected to go to the 2011 World Games in Athens as the Australian head softball coach.