For Buxton brothers Ryan King and Flynn Day softball runs in the blood.
Their hard work has paid off because both have made it to state teams and will compete in national competitions.
King and his NSW team hope to take home gold at the week-long National Softball Championship in January at Blacktown International Sportspark.
“My team placed second last year after only losing one game,” he said. “We want to go one better this year. It will be good to play at my home ground in front of a home crowd.”
The 18-year-old plays club games at Blacktown for the Wanderers Softball Club.
“Nearly half of my Wanderers team will play with me in the NSW side,” King said. “There are a lot of very good softballers from Macarthur.”
King said he enjoyed the fast-paced aspect of game and preferred batting despite being short stop in the field.
The boy’s mother Amanda King said she was very proud of her sons for being selected in elite teams and said it was special that both boys played with number 14.
Eleven-year-old Flynn is playing in the Primary Schools Sports Association’s Pacific Games competition in Adelaide in December. The Razorback club player competed in several tournaments before being picked in the national team.
“I’m looking forward to the two-day training camp with the team in November.”