Diamond is this girl's best friend
FINGERS crossed that softball returns to the Olympic arena so we can cheer on Tweed sensation Lucy Lochart who is set to be the next big thing on the national stage.
At just 16, Lucy is the youngest member of the Australian under-19 squad that will compete against neighbouring countries in the Friendship Series in July.
Despite her tender age Lucy is certainly no rookie to the game, having graced the diamond for more than 11 years and represented both NSW and Queensland at several national championships.
“When I play for NSW the girls call me a Queenslander and when I play for Queensland they call me a New South Welshmen, so I can't win,” she said.
A true leader, she was even honoured with the captaincy of the Queensland under-16 side, which placed second at the Australian Championships in January.
“It was a priviledge being captain and I love it,” Lucy said. “I supported them and they supported me. I had no doubts in them and could trust everyone to get their job done.”
It was in Perth that the Tweed River High student produced several stand-out performances from first base and booked her spot in the national side.
“I had a very strong tournament,” Lucy said.
“I hit three baggers (one base shy of a home run) and fielded well.
“Only five guys from the under-16s were selected for the Australian side, so it was surprising, but I was very happy.”
But with hard work comes success and with success comes hard work, and the Year 11 student now has to attempt to fit in additional training to her already jam-packed roster.
On top of maintaining her grades, aquiring an income from her supermarket job and playing club softball, Lucy must also meet with her personal trainer, continue with her state training and travel bi-monthly for national training.
Furthermore she has playing commitments with the NSW CHS team and the Tweed District under-19 squad, but this young go-getter wouldn't have it any other way.
“I love softball because it's not just about one disipline; there's hitting, running, throwing and catching,” Lucy said.
“Now I get to travel a lot, meet new friends, as well as get fitter and more competivive.”
A successful Friendship Series would book Lucy a spot in the side to travel to South Africa and contest the Softball World Series.