Player Profile – Nick Shailes
Nick grew up in Lismore in northern NSW playing his junior softball at the Far North Coast Association. Little did anyone know at that time that he would go on to be considered by some as the best softballer in the world.
Nick first represented NSW at open level in 2005 and was soon on the national team radar making his debut for the Aussie Steelers in 2006 at the Commonwealth Championship in Melbourne.
By the time he was playing for Australia at the 2009 Men’s World Championship, Nick was an integral part of the team, helping the Aussie Steelers claim their first gold medal.
Nick has gained an outstanding reputation playing overseas, in particular in North America at the International Softball Congress (ISC).
From 2007 Nick has been named in the All World team on nine occasions, awarded the Leading Hitter in 2007 and 2016, and the Most Valuable Player in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He has won five ISC titles, with Jarvis Travelers in 2010 and 2011, and Hill United Chiefs from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, due to his outstanding achievements, players around the world voted Nick as the best player in the world.
The challenges of travelling overseas for months each year then returning to Australia saw Nick move permanently to Canada. He still represents Australia and will be a valuable part of the Aussie Steelers team for the 2017 World Championship. He will return to the line up for the Hill United Chiefs once the World Championship has concluded.
Video: Nick Shailes inside the park home run