Australian Baseball has accepted an invitation for five children and a chaperone to attend the 2005 World Children’s Baseball Fair in the City of Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture in Japan from July 28 to August 5 2005.
The WCBF is held every year to promote baseball and providing an opportunity to develop international friendship, goodwill, and cultural understanding among the youth of the world. This has been a successful event since 1990 when the first fair was held in Los Angeles when it was founded by Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron.
During the WCBF event, the children will have the opportunity to learn the correct, basic skills of baseball, with the emphasis on fun and participation. This is a time for children to enjoy and share their love of baseball.
The participants will attend morning baseball clinics instructed by specially appointed coaches while each afternoon and evening they will partake in cultural and recreational activities to further enhance cultural understanding and appreciation.
Australia has been invited to send five children and one chaperone to the fair this year. Following established procedures the children selected for 2005 will come from associations affiliated with Baseball Queensland, ACT Baseball Association, Baseball Western Australia, Baseball Northern Territory and Baseball Victoria.
The chaperone can be from a club or organisation affiliated will any of the state/territory bodies.
The children selected to attend are,
Luke Bevan Queensland
Robbie Perkins Australian Capital Territory
Cameron Hardy Northern Territory
Bayden Waldock Western Australia
Jasmine Hornstra Victoria
These children together with the chaperone, Julie Maron from the Australian Capital Territory, will I am sure do an excellent job as Australia’s ambassadors at the WCBF.