Monday, November 18, 2013

Sue Tomlinson - Softball Australia Hall Of Fame Inductee

It was announced yesterday the Sue Tomlinson (Tommy) is to be inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame. What and honour and what a deserving recipient of this accolade.

I have been looking around for some photos of Tommy and they are hard to find and in that alone you probably get a fairly good understanding of the lady.

When I first met Sue she was playing for the Torrens Valley Redsox. When they moved from the Adelaide Competition to the Hills Competition for a period of time Sue was not directly involved with a club choosing instead to concentrate on her Australian National commitments. These days she has gravitated to a great club The Walkerville Softball Club (and I am glad she has).

Sue does not beat her own drum, she is just there, always there. Her love of the game and passion to see the quality of our players continue to grow such that South Australia and indeed Australia continue to bat above its weight on the world stage is what she is all about. Tommy know matter what just keeps on keeping on.

Sue was involved in the Australian women’s team, the Aussie Spirit between 2003 – 2010.  She was the Team Manager for the Australian women’s team in 2003, 2004, 2005, including the 2004 Olympic Games.  Sue was then the Assistant Coach for the Australian Open Women’s team between 2006 – 2010, including two World Championships (2006, 2010) and one Olympic Games (2008).

When we were looking around for someone to join our Team for "The Old Ball Game" on WOWfm 100.5, Sue's name was put up and she took it on, probably feeling the same as us all - "What are we doing?" Well she is an integral part of that team and brings incredible experience and insight to the microphone and we are extremely pleased to have her on board. 

Tommy congratulations a well deserved acknowledgement of your commitment and passion to your beloved game of Softball. We are very proud of our team member - Sue Tomlinson.

Outside Broadcast Norwood Oval - WOWfm 100.5

Two other South Australians were also inducted and both are very deserving of their award. We acknowledge and congratulate them both on being awarded membership of the Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to :-

Simmone Morrow (SA)
Selected as the 192nd player to represent the Australian women’s team, Simmone player 288 games for her country between 1997-2008, retiring after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  Throughout her career, Simmone competed at three Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008) and three World Championships (1998, 2002, 2006).

Neville Lawrance (SA)
Neville umpired internationally from 1995 – 2007. He was appointed as an umpire at the 1998 ISF Open Women’s World Championships and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Neville has contributed to the development of the sport through his work as the Director of Umpiring in South Australia.  He has held that position since 2001.  Neville has also been a member of the Softball Australia Member Recognition Committee since 2010.

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