Travelodge Aussie Spirit star Tarni Stepto will join Softball South Australia’s commentary team as a special guest for their NAIDOC Round to be replayed on NITV this Sunday, 15 November at 10:00am AEDT.
Stepto will join Softball South Australia CEO James Harris and Cathy Lambert in commentary as Port Adelaide Magpies take on Sturt Falcons at West Beach in the state’s Premier League NAIDOC Round on Saturday, 14 November from 12:00pm ACST.
With her family originally from Brewarrina, just east of Bourke in New South Wales, Stepto is a proud Kamilaroi and Ualarai woman who first represented the Travelodge Aussie Spirit in 2017 at the Japan Cup and has tallied over 20 caps for Australia at the top level.
Internationally, Stepto had a standout 2019 with the Salt Lake Community College Bruins in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) competition in the US, where she helped the Bruins to a 47-8 overall record, a Scenic West and Region-18 title and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament.
She was also part of the Travelodge Aussie Spirit squad who blitzed their Olympic Qualifier, going 5-0 to secure one of six spots in Tokyo, which has been re-scheduled to 2021 following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Softball SA’s broadcast team this weekend for their NAIDOC Round,” said Stepto.
“It’s an honour to be asked to be part of their celebrations of our culture for NAIDOC Week and I can’t wait to see the girls from the Softball SA Premier League step on the diamond for such a special occasion.”
The NAIDOC Round will feature an Acknowledgement to Country by Iteka Sanderson-Bromley before the Magpies and Falcons get the action underway.
Following the game, Stepto will suit up for Hills Heat to help them take on the West Torrens to complete the round.
“We are so excited to have Tarni joining us this weekend for the Softball SA Premier League NAIDOC Round,” said James Harris, Softball South Australia CEO.
“She is one of a number of Indigenous athletes to have competed for her country at the top level and we can’t wait to hear a little more about her journey throughout the commentary, as well as getting some of her expert opinions on the action on diamond.
“To cap it off with Tarni playing for Hills Heat is so special for those girls and I’m sure they’ll enjoy learning from a softballer of her calibre during the game.”
Entry to the SA Softball Premier League NAIDOC Round is free for spectators.
NAIDOC Week 2020, 8-15 November
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Always was, Always will be”.
“Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.”
For more information, visit naidoc.org.au.