Batter Up - 13-year-old star softballer to take on New Zealand
Tell us a little about yourself and your softball journey so far
My name is Lexie Nuroo, I've just turned 13 and have been playing softball since I was 7 and watching since I was 6 and dragged along to watch my sister play. So far, my journey has been fun. Starting with a lot of years in the U12’s with Glen Waverley, I'm now playing U15’s and U18’s, and I umpire every weekend too. Last year I was lucky enough to be selected in the School Sports Victoria (SSV) U12 team that played here in Waverley against the rest of Australia. I was honoured to be named Captain of that team. More recently I was chosen for an U14 Australian touring team to go to New Zealand over Easter, which is very exciting.
Can you tell us about your recent championship tournament? How did you and your team go?
The School Sports Australia tournament was held at Waverley in November. Melbourne put on a great weather show for our interstate guests, having 4 seasons a day, including some amazing hail which really excited the Queensland team. Our team all huddled together like penguins to avoid it. This tournament was about building skills and friendships. We made lots of Tik Toks too, getting our coach Tony Black (Tone Dog) involved was a highlight, as well as the ones we made with the other states. As a team, we unfortunately didn't get a win, but we got close and improved each game.
How long have you played for the Glen Waverly Angels? What’s the best thing about the club?
I've played with the Glen Waverley Angels for 6 seasons. I love it. I've made some great friends and it feels like a family type bond. This goes through all levels, I remember playing U12’s and the girls from our open one team would come down and umpire for us, I thought they were amazing, and now I am proud to say they know me and take the time to give me advice. The coaches are really friendly and love the game. I feel comfortable at Softball, knowing everyone has my back.
Why do you play softball, what do you love about it?
I got into softball because my sister was playing, it looked fun and the parents and people watching were so supportive and loud! It looked exciting. What do I love? The girls, the friendships are really special, they keep me coming back. Making plays is also fun. As I'm a little older now, I'm not the baby of the club anymore. It's fun to help some of the new under U12’s get a hang of the game.
What advice would you give to girls who want to give softball a go, but are a little scared to start?
Just come down. It's not as scary as it looks. We're a fun and welcoming club. Trust me, you'll love it and won't regret trying!
Lexie and her teammate Elise have recently been selected to represent Australia as part of the Australian U14 Development Softball teams in New Zealand over Easter. If you’d like to support the girls, you can do so by clicking here.
Wednesday 29 March, 2023