Out-of-park success for talented Downing
SOFTBALL: Cranking out safe hits, pitching out opposition batters and stealing bases is all in a day's work for rising softball star Chyanne Downing.
Downing has added another notch to a successful year with selection for the Under-19 Queensland Softball team.
"I was pretty stoked about the selection and didn't think I would make it because of the quality of other players in the competition," Downing said.
The versatility of playing positions from pitcher, first base and second base plus safe hitting at bat helped Downing make the state selectors' job easy.
"I was playing infield a lot where I was needed and I didn't hit any home runs but I was one of the top averages for safe hits in my team," she said.
Downing played for Redcliffe in Cairns last weekend in the Under-19 Women's State Championship.
After having a couple of weeks off from training, Downing will be getting back into maintain her skills and fitness.
She will head off to a training camp at Emu Gulley, Helidon, in a couple of weeks to help prepare for the nationals in Sydney for January.
"When I get home I will be training everyday to get ready for the local season and for nationals next year," Downing said.
Bearing scrapes from the latest championship, Downing is determined to step up against older and more experienced players.
"The Under-19s will be a challenge but it makes me want to train harder and play better against them and try to win our games," she said.
Downing will be lining up for local club Souths in the Summer Competition and is keen to defend its grand-final title.
Recently Downing played in the Qld school girls competition and won gold against traditional rivals New South Wales.