Did you know....
- Softball is a popular sport in the Indigenous community. From 2007-2009, there were more than 9,000 participants in Softball Australia's Indigenous Softball Program (ISP). Approximately 73% of these participants were female.
|"Softball on the Lands helps bring family and friends together, it is a sport that everyone can play". Tim Stewart, SANFL, Aboriginal Development Officer|
- Softball is the sport of choice among Indigenous women.
"Indigenous women living in remote communities have said they would like more opportunities to participate in structured and regular sporting activities and Softball was their preferred sport".
Karl Hampton, NT Minister for Sport and Recreation.
- The inaugural Australian Indigenous Team finished 5th in the Softball Australia International Challenge Series in 2008.
Photographer: Garry McGinty, Softball NT
Patricia Dougan (Qld)
Jacara Egan (SA)
Helen Laughton (NT)
Talicia Minnecon (Qld)
Gemma Stevens (Qld)
Nicolette Dunn (NT)
Jessica Forest (NT)
Ginni Lawton (Qld)
Kayla Turne (Qld)
Heather Stevens (Qld)
Tylisha Dunn (Qld)
Brittany Krakouer (WA)
Tara Liddy (NT)
Katina Robson (ACT)
Jacinta Williams (ACT)
In 2009, an estimated 1.8% of male and 3.4% of female Softball participants across Australia were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
- More than 50 Indigenous Australians participated in accredited training courses in coaching, umpiring or scoring. As a result the number of Indigenous Australian's involved in the management of Softball teams has grown significantly over the last few years.
|"I have loved playing Softball since I was a young girl, and now that I am older, I want to pass what I have learned down to the young women in Amata so they can enjoy everything about Softball that I got to. The young women love Softball because they get to play against other women from across the APY Lands and get to see their friends and family from other communities a lot more. It’s good for the community because like football, it makes everyone feel happy". Barbara Moore, Amata Softball Coach|
Softball Australia is committed to raising the profile of Softball amongst Indigenous communities and attracting greater numbers of Indigenous participants to the game. We are one of 16 National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to receive funding from the ASC through the National Indigenous Sport Development Program, in partnership with the Department of Heath and Ageing (DoHA).
Benefits of Softball
While the many benefits of Softball are as applicable to the Indigenous community as they are to the wider Australian community, participation in the ISP offers additional benefits, including: