Diamonds Are Forever

Miramar Softball Club was thrilled to announce it was awarded a grant of $14,280 by the NZCT for uniforms, travel, and accommodation costs.

Club Vice President Clare Lundon says, “We required this funding to ensure that our softball teams can participate at the highest level in Aotearoa New Zealand and that their professionalism is presented in the way they take to the diamond. Funding is a constant challenge for all clubs and we are no exception, even though we do a number of fundraising events throughout the season to complement any funding we receive.”
Club Vice President Clare Lundon

“Softball is a tournament sport and being able to attend these tournaments means that we are competing against the best teams in Aotearoa New Zealand. Participation of our up-and-coming players at a National level provides them with exposure to the National Coaches and Selectors, and therefore selections in the NZ Junior and Senior pathways and teams. Attending and competing at a national level not only improves our young people’s softball skills and abilities, but also contributes to their mental and emotional well being.”

“Our Premier/Senior Men and Women and Under 15 Girls Teams in particular were in dire need of new uniforms. It is our intention to ensure that these teams are presented professionally, which we believe plays an important part in how they play and how players feel about themselves when playing any sport. This is particularly important for teenage girls, as research has shown that lack of confidence both in ability and body image are some of the factors that lead to this demographic falling out of the sporting system.”

Formed in 1937 and the only remaining softball club in Wellington's Eastern suburbs, Miramar Softball Club has a long and proud history. Working in partnership with Wellington City Council and Oriental Rongotai Football Club, it is currently in the process of rebuilding its junior membership rolls and upgrading the clubrooms.