Following the GB Open Trial Series, held across a number of dates and venues this winter, Team GB Head Coach, Stephen Patterson recently announced the successful triallists to the GB National Slowpitch Programme for 2016.
The successful participants are now eligible to be selected to represent Great Britain in any of the domestic and international competitions occurring in 2016.
The Successful GB Triallists are:
Michael Williams, Lee Cornwall, Daniel Patterson, Kris Hadwin, David Grey, Matt Burnett, James Cavalier, Rob Moseley, Manny Santos, Neil Sylvester.
Sherry Kenyon, Lilly Chinn, Hannah Pitman, Anna Whicher, Sherry Kenyon.
Newly appointed Team Manager, Kellie Whitaker, met with the squad in Manchester and congratulated the successful triallists. She stated after training, “Having not known of many of the players that came through the Open Trials, I was impressed how well the new players were doing and the level of comraderie that was evidenced so shortly into the sessions.”
We are looking for a number of “playing” opportunities this summer for the new players. “I believe that the more players play with the GB jersey on, the more comfortable they are when they eventually reach the higher stages of the game.” We also will see many of the players competing as GB Dev in the World Series in September.
The success of the GB Slowpitch Team relies on new players entering the programme. They may be at different levels of ability, but GB coaching sessions will look to tap into their individual talents and maximise player potential. The opportunity to develop is key to assure that Team GB’s performances remain high within the immediate and long term future. In the most recent two-year competition cycle, 29 different Squad and Development Team players travelled and competed in European & World Championships.
Coach Stephen Patterson continued to thank all those that volunteered in support of the Trials, but specifically stated, “The success of the Trials would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of outgoing Team Manager Sara Vertigan, Asst Coach Mike Ashley, and newly appointed Asst Coach, David Lee. Their experience makes assessing talent a whole lot more efficient.”
The new players attended GB Training events in February’s Manchester session and last weekend in Marlow. All the GB players will vie for prospective roster spots for the new ISF World Cup / Championships at the ISF compound in Florida. Prior to this the GB Challenge to be played on the 16th April in Farnham.
They will also be on hand to support Team GB’s fundraising tournament, The GB Open on Sunday, 17th April. If your Team, or yourself, as an individual, are not already entered in the GB Open, please contact Mike MacDowell on (email@example.com).
The GB National Slowpitch Team is currently looking for a new Title Sponsor. Please contact Stephen Patterson on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.