Lora gloves her chance
LORA Hanson won a silver medal at the Australian under-19s Softball Championships earlier this year.
She’ll have a chance to win gold next year.
The 17-year-old Urangan State High School student has been named in the Queensland under-19s team for the second consecutive year after impressing state selectors while playing for Wide Bay in the Queensland Championships in Brisbane this month.
Wide Bay finished well out of the medals but Hanson, a catcher, proved she was not out of contention for selection and the chance to get some revenge for losing in the final of the nationals.
Arch rivals, New South Wales, beat Hanson and her team-mates 1-0 in extra time.
Hanson, who travels to Brisbane every Sunday to train with the Queensland team, said it felt great to have another shot at winning the gold medal.
“New South Wales have won the title for the past three years now so hopefully we can put an end to that in January,” she said.
“We pushed them all the way in the final so now we can match it with them. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
But it won’t only be a national title Hanson, who plays her club softball for Rockets in the Hervey Bay senior women’s competition, is hoping to win.
Australian selectors will be at the championships with selecting a squad for the 2011 under-19s World Softball Championships in South Africa on their agenda.
Not surprisingly, it’s a squad Hanson said she wouldn’t mind making.
“It would be a dream come true to play for Australia in the world titles – it doesn’t get any better than that in my books.”
Hanson isn’t the only Hervey Bay player proving to be a smash hit with Queensland selectors.
Nicholas Maahs and Jonathan Thomas have been named in the Queensland under-19s team to play in the Australian titles in Western Australia in January.