Joanne has a distinguished representative career for Australia and Victoria not only as a player but also as a coach and we are looking forward to seeing her back on the plate to start off the games. Pop into Fawkner Park from 9:30-3:30 on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday and get behind this great event.
Layne was born in New Zealand and came to Australia in 1972 for six months and never returned to live in the country she was born. Layne played softball for the Saints Club in New Zealand and her love of the sport soon became evident as she joined the Bears Softball Club as a player and after her retirement and the passing of the Foundation President Esther Deason, M.B.E. became the administrator for the Club.
Layne played representative softball for Melbourne a number of times, playing mainly third base. She also held the position of Coach of the Open Representative Team. Layne became Treasurer of the Association a position she held for a number of years.
Layne was the first recipient of the Melbourne Softball Association Service Award presented for service to softball at Fawkner Park.
Before she passed away, Layne ensured that Softball would be rewarded for the enjoyment and friendship she had experienced for many years.
The Executive has agreed that the last Sunday in July each year will be celebrated as the Layne Amaru Celebrations, encompassing a fun filled day.
Melbourne Softball Association is pleased to support the NAIDOC Slowpitch event to be held on July 13th.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Please encourage members of our Fawkner Park softball community to support and assist the organisers of this event.
Interested in being involved on the day? Please email your expression of interest.