GB Slowpitch Team announces new selections

Sat 24 Mar 2018

The GB Slowpitch Team’s annual Open Trials took place over a series of weekends in January and February at the Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth, and Head Coach Stephen Patterson has now announced the five athletes who were successful and who will join the GB National Slowpitch Team programme for 2018.

These players are now eligible to be selected to represent Great Britain in any of the domestic and international competitions the team will take part in during 2018, and Coach Patterson has challenged the newcomers to “take the positions away from the players already wearing the jerseys”.

"I am delighted with the ability and potential of a number of players entering the programme,” Stephen Patterson said.  “Accomplishing their goal of making the GB Team may only be the start of what is possible for them.  Attitude goes a long way in my book, and whether it be in competitions in 2018 or in three to five years’ time, these players have given themselves every opportunity to make an impact for GB for a long time to come."


Success​

The successful GB triallists were:

Lucy Barker
Joe Grantham
George Lucas
Kevin Quincy
Crista Reed-Thomas

In addition, a number of existing GB squad members were required to re-trial and have been selected for the team again.  These players are:

George Bartlett
Lauren Futcher
Kat Golik
Kris Hadwin
Sherry Kenyon
Holly Newell
Daniel Patterson
Robbie Studholme
Anna Whicher
Kim Yeates


Organisation

The Assessment Panel at the trial weekends consisted of the GB Slowpitch Team’s coaching and management staff, as well as a number of current players who helped to facilitate the drills and activities.

Team Manager Kellie Whitaker organised the events, and Assistant Coaches David Lee and John Lehmann were vital in their delivery.

Both the January and February trials and subsequent selections were supported by an independent representative, Ian Tomlin from the GB Management Committee, to ensure selections were conducted in a fair and transparent manner, and the second Trial was supported by GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight and BSUK Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas.

Team Manager Kellie Whitaker was impressed with the performances from all the athletes at the trials.  “They all worked so hard on both days,” she said, “and we were able to get a strong grasp on their abilities.  And I think they all had a bit of fun in what can be a challenging environment.”


Opportunities

The GB Slowpitch programme is always looking for opportunities for new players to compete under the GB banner.  A Futures Squad will be selected in the summer and many of those players will compete as part of a GB Development Team in the BSF’s Softball World Series Tournament in September.  After that, the team will be selected to compete in the annual WBSC Slowpitch World Cup in Plant City, Florida in November.

However, the new players were immediately thrown into action at GB training events on the trial days and they will participate in the annual GB Challenge Tournament on Saturday 14 April at Farnham Park, when all the players in the GB Slowpitch programme will be assigned to teams and compete against each other.

The players will also be on hand to support Team GB's annual fundraising tournament, the GB Slowpitch Open, on Sunday 15 April, also at Farnham Park.  Teams or individual players who want to enter the tournament should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Raffle tickets for the event can be purchased from any GB Slowpitch Team player, including those selected at the trials.

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