T-ball kids get a chance to take part in champs

Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012

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The sport of T-ball will be thrown into the spotlight next year as the Black Sox launch the T-Ball world championships.

And joining them on the mission will be the Upper Harbour Local Board whose members were at the launch of the campaign this week.

The championships will run alongside the ISF World Softball Championships in March 2013.

Primary school children from 10 schools throughout Auckland will be involved by competing for the school's top title, while representing one of the countries in the ISF World Softball Championships 2013.

The programme is fully funded by eight Auckland local boards and a primary school from each area will take part.

The programme includes team T-shirts, transport to the competition and the opportunity to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the men's competition. The two primary school teams in the final will play as the curtain raiser for the world softball championship final.

Upper Harbour Local Board chairwoman Margaret Miles says the programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in an international sporting event.

"The local board is proud to partner with Softball 2013 to get Auckland schools involved with the world softball champs," she says.

"The international tournament will bring a lot of people to Upper Harbour next year, and we want to make this an event for locals as well as the international sporting community."

The Henderson-Massey Local Board will also be involved.

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