Softball, World Championships
Bradley Kilpatrick has been playing softball since he was 4-years-old after some friends invited him to join a local team. He began his career with The Georges River Association and he quickly developed his skills as one of the top pitchers in the club.
In 2016, he was invited to try out for the Under 17s NSW Softball Team, which saw him travelling interstate to play competitive games against teams from around the world. It was at one of these camps that he was first spotted by talent scouts, and he impressed again at the National Softball Championships held In Blacktown, in January this year.
In what he describes as a dream come true, Bradley has been selected to represent Australia at the Softball World Championship at Prince Albert in Canada, in July. These trips are completely self-funded and usually cost thousands of dollars, which is where Bankstown Sports has stepped in to help.
The club has supported Bradley with cash and in-kind donations over the last couple of years and will assist him again this year with $500 to cover some of his expenses, which he says will be a huge help.
“Bankstown sports has been very supportive of my journey. It is often the player’s responsibility to self-fund the associated expense of travel and equipment. Whenever I have reached out to Bankstown Sports, they have always been willing to help me”.
Australia has won four gold medals at world championship events in the past and Bradley says he’s really looking forward to the trip.
“My personal goal for the world championships this year is to not let my team down and to do my best. My team goal is to bring home the gold medal”.
The team will fly out on 23 June for the tournament which begins on 7 July.
We wish Bradley and the Australian side the best of luck!