Harper represents Australia in softball

NATIONAL TEAM: Harper Bridley recently travelled to New Zealand to represent Australia in softball.
NATIONAL TEAM: Harper Bridley recently travelled to New Zealand to represent Australia in softball.

Harper Bridley, a 13-year-old from Port Pirie is quickly excelling in her softball career, recently representing Australia in the U14 Aussie Diamonds girls squad.

Harper and 29 other girls travelled to New Zealand on April 15, where they competed in several games against regional teams in addition to training and completing another tournament.

Based in Auckland for the week, Harper travelled with five other girls from South Australia and says that she was incredibly excited when she found out that she made the team.

"I was excited when I made the team," Harper said.

Harper currently plays for the Solly Cats, along with her mum who taught her an infamous pitch.

She says that she looks up to her mum and dad who have supported her in a recent decision to play for a team in Adelaide.

"I started playing in Pirie and my mum taught me how to pitch. From then on it excelled and I have gone and played for a club in Adelaide.

"It is hard training down in Adelaide and we do training in the backyard with mum. It is a lot of travelling on the weekends to get down there, but it pays off I guess," Harper explained.

Harper was picked from the South Australian state team, before being chosen for the national team and hopes to make a career out of her talent.

"I want to keep doing softball for the rest of my life and get better. I really enjoy the game and like making new friends, I like the friendships I have made through softball."

Harper's dad Mark expresses his pride for his daughter, who has taken every opportunity that has presented to her.

"I was proud, she has put a lot of effort in. A lot of training the backyard with her mum and myself and it has all paid off.

"She has really taken it on this year. She has gone down and is playing for an Adelaide team, a lot of commitment and a lot of travelling. She is loving it," Mark said.

Harper left on April 15 and she and returned to Australia on Tuesday, April 23.