Duo aim for Euro softball contest

June 26 2015

A LOCAL softball player is calling on the public to help her and her teammate reach Bulgaria for the European Championships.

A LOCAL softball player is calling on the public to help her and her teammate reach Bulgaria for the European Championships.

Katherine Golik, from Redland, and Aaron Thomas, have been selected to represent the Great Britain Slowpitch Softball team in August, but they are needing to raise £600 to fund the trip.

Katherine started softball – a variant of baseball but played with a larger ball – nine years ago after a gym buddy invited her to join the local team.

Originally, Katherine played for social purposes, but three years ago, starting playing competitively in a national league.

She then trialled for the GB programme in September 2013, and after being selected for the development team, she was picked for the World Cup team in January 2014.

Aaron originally started playing baseball in Bristol, and has played softball on and off for 10 years. He trialled earlier this year, and was called back to join the GB development team.

'Slowpitch' in the UK is predominantly mixed, and the ball – as the name suggests – is pitched slowly, underarm between six and 12-feet.

There are two teams, each with 10 players on the field, but up to 12 can bat. Each team has to have an equal number of men and women.

Katherine said: “It would be huge for both of us if we reached our fundraising target, as softball is self funded for everything. It is only through fundraising as a team we manage to pay for our practices throughout the winter and get coaches to help us.”

To help Katherine and Aaron reach the European Championships in Bulgaria, visit: www.gofundme.com/gb2015

Katherine runs a youth coaching session every Monday at Clifton College Sports Ground, 5.15-6.30pm for children aged 5-15. For more information, visit: bristolsoftballassociation.co.uk

Katherine & Aaron