Former Shepparton resident Narelle Gosstray has been named assistant coach of the women's national baseball team.GREGOR MACTAGGART August 1, 2014 3:45am
Narelle Gosstray has been named assistant coach of the national women's baseball side. Picture: NT News
Shepparton product Narelle Gosstray has been named assistant coach of the Australian women’s baseball team.
A former national player, Darwin-based Gosstray will assist head coach Simone Wearne with off-field operations and monitor the performances of the team’s players and the opposition.
Gosstray is counting down the sleeps until the Australians compete against the likes of the US, Canada, Venezuela and host nation Japan at the World Cup from September 1 to 7.
In an interview with the NT News, Gosstray explained her new role had realised a long-held ambition.
‘‘I’ve been working towards it (coaching) for a number of years after falling in love with base-ball as opposed to softball at a young age,’’ Gosstray said.
‘‘I’d watch the US Major Leagues on television and say to myself ‘I’d love to do that’, and after moving to Melbourne it finally happened.
‘‘I walked past a baseball diamond and stopped to watch some players in action. I was asked why I wasn’t playing and the rest is history.’’
During her days in the Goulburn Valley, Gosstray played a variety of different sports, including basketball, volleyball and softball.
‘‘My dad was a very good cricketer, Mum was very good at tennis and my brothers were excellent basketballers,’’ she said.
‘‘One question I get asked often is ‘why baseball?’ And I guess everyone says men play baseball and women play softball.
‘‘I say ‘if you love any sport you should be able to play it’.’’
Gosstray plays regularly with Darwin club Nightcliff and is one of 12 women competing in the men’s competition on a weekly basis.
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