Belinda White

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Belinda White
Belinda White.jpg
White in March 2012 during a photoshoot
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Residence Park Holme, South Australia
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Softball
Event(s) Women's team
College team Troy University

Belinda White is a South Australian softball player. She briefly attend Troy University where she played on the softball team. She plays club softball for the Sturt Falcons and represents South Australia in national competitions. She has held softball scholarships with the Australian Institute of Sport, represented Australia on the junior and senior level, and is working to qualify for the 2012 ISF XIII Women's World Championships.

Personal[edit]

White lives in Park Holme, South Australia.[1] She briefly attended Troy University in Alabama.[2] Also plays Premier League for Woodville Hockey Club in Adelaide, South Australia.

Softball[edit]

White plays club softball for the South Australia based Sturt Falcons,[3] having joined the club when she was nine years old.[4] She briefly played with Troy University's softball team.[2][4]

White was a member of the South Australian side in national competitions, first joining the team in 2005[4] and was with the team in 2011.[2][4] She has committed to remaining in South Australia and representing the state despite incentives of higher quality local competition if she moved to another state.[4]

White has represented Australian on the junior national level, and was with the U23 Australian national team in 2007.[4]

White has held a scholarship with and played for the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008[5][6] and 2009.[7]

Senior national team[edit]

White has represented Australia on the senior national team. In March 2009, she participated in a Brisbane based training camp.[7] In 2009, she traveled with a national development team to compete in games in Christchurch, New Zealand.[2] She made her first international appearance with the team in July 2011 in North America, playing in the Oklahoma hosted World Cup VI and the Canadian Open Fastpitch Championships.[2] She was the only woman from South Australia to represent the country at the World Cup despite a thirty woman strong squad having been named.[4] She is a member of the 2012 Australia women's national softball team and is hoping to secure a sport that will allow her compete at the 2012 ISF XIII Women's World Championships.[8] She was one of two South Australians to play in a January 2012 test series against the New Zealand women's national softball team.[9]

In 2012, White was offered an opportunity to semi-professional softball in the Netherlands, she turned down this opportunity in order to represent Australia in a test series against Japan in Canberra in March. By playing with the national team, she is hoping to secure a spot on the ISF XIII Women's World Championships as the lineup was not finalised as of March 2012.[1][10][11][3] She will be one or two South Australians representing Australia in the Canberra based series.[10]

White is hoping to continue playing long enough, to 2020 at the earliest as the sport is no longer on the Olympic schedule, to one day represent Australia at the Olympics.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schultz, Duane. "Belinda true blue Aussie — Softball — Sport — Portside Messenger". Portside-messenger.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hegarty, Adam (15 July 2011). "Star catches the eye in SA". The Advertiser. Adelaide, Australia. p. 84. ADV_T-20110715-1-084-609712. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Schultz, Duane (29 February 2012). "Country over cash — White puts Australia before Dutch dream". Messenger - Guardian. Adelaide, Australia. p. 62. MGD_T-20120229-1-062-101315. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "White named in Aussie squad". Messenger — Eastern Courier. Adelaide, Australia. 13 April 2011. p. 227. MEC_T-20110413-1-027-603411. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Warren, Adrian (17 January 2008). "Victorian's squad pitch pays off — SOFTBALL". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 13. 20080117000020192571. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Warren, Adrian (16 January 2008). "AAP News: Soft: Smethurst swaps books for bat and ball in chase of Olympic dream". AAP News. Australia: Financial Times Information Limited — Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. WAAP61447173. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Grimaux, Andre (27 February 2009). "Weaver out on high note". The Northern Times. Brisbane. p. 64. TNT_T-20090227-1-064-931013. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australian Open Women's Squad 2012". Australia: Softball Australia. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vanessa Stokes - gets her Aussie Spirit cap". Glenelg, South Australia: Glenelg Rebels. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Schultz, Duane (29 February 2012). "White puts Australia before Dutch dream". Messenger — Hills Valley. Adelaide, Australia. p. 29. MHS_T-20120229-1-029-101284. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Schultz, Duane (29 February 2012). "White puts Australia before Dutch dream". Messenger — Eastern Courier. Adelaide, Australia. p. 62. MEC_T-20120229-1-062-007515. Retrieved 8 March 2012.