CHALLENGE: Lucas Jenkins, 9, will represent Wide Bay in softball.
CHALLENGE: Lucas Jenkins, 9, will represent Wide Bay in softball. Alistair Brightman

Lucky Lucas breaks into Wide Bay's softball side

JUST a challenge.

You have to admire Lucas Jenkins' approach to being picked in Wide Bay's 10-12yrs softball team.

The young gun forced his way into the side after strong performances for Hervey Bay at the Wide Bay zone carnival last week.

Lucas will be among the youngest members of the Wide Bay team, but the nine-year-old said he was not daunted by the prospect of playing against boys two years his senior.

"It's just another challenge,” Lucas, who will turn 10 in two weeks, said.

"This will be my first time in Wide Bay. It was a surprise because of my age.”

Lucas has played softball for "about five to six years”.

He followed his parents into the sport, and with the huge amount of time they spent at the diamonds it was a case of natural progression for Lucas to one day pick up a bat, ball and mitt.

Hervey Bay won four of its five games, an achievement of which Lucas was proud given his primary role as one of the side's pitchers.

Lucas said he considered Australian softballers Tanya Harding and David Metekingi as his heroes.

Harding represented Australia at four consecutive Olympic Games, winning three bronze (1996, 2000 and 2008) and one silver medal (2004), while Metekingi won a World Championship in 2009.

Lucas participated in clinics with both players, and he said they had a big effect on his softball.

"Tanya got me into pitching in the first place, and David has helped me a lot with batting,” Lucas said.

Lucas, who also plays touch football and hockey, said he hoped he would one day play softball for both Queensland and Australia.

"I'll have to do a lot of training,” Lucas said.



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