28th January 2013

Lenard an Aussie rep at 15

MADDISON Lenard who prefers to be called Maddie has spent her life exceeding expectations, but even she was shocked by her inclusion in the Australian open baseball squad - only the second 15-year-old in Australian women's baseball history to be called into the senior squad. It's a great pleasure for Maddie to be the first inductee to the Monty Porter Foundation. As a result some financial assistance has been given to Maddie for sporting expenses. This is the creed of our foundation and ultimate aim to help young sportspeople realise their dreams.
Despite her youth, Maddies performances at the recent Australian titles proved irresistible to the Australian selectors after she helped NSW secure a silver medal, even pitching in the final against Western Australia.
"The selectors had told me not to get too upset if I didn't make the squad, because of my age," Lenard said.
"But I guess I played that well in the tournament that they had to pick me. I couldn't believe it."
Mixing with players older or even of the other gender is not foreign to "Maddie".
She was chosen in the NSW women's open-aged team at 14 before her selection in the Australian team, having started playing T-Ball in the Illawarra district at three before her family relocated to Sutherland Shire.
Pitching at up to 115 km/h, Lenard says she will throw even faster once her body develops.
Maddie has her sights on playing globally so we are all behind her and wish her luck.

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