Perfect way to honour a hero
A Southland softball legend will forever be remembered with a trophy in his honour to be presented for the first time on Saturday night at the Southland Softball Association prizegiving.
Jamie Campbell represented New Zealand in 1973 and throughout the 80s which included attending the World Series in the United States, at Tacoma, in 1980.
Campbell represented Southland from 1972 to 1989 and played an astonishing 38 years for the Demons club, starting in 1970.
In 2010 Campbell died after a battle with cancer leaving a void in the tight-knit Southland softball community.
A trophy was donated two years ago to Campbell's sons, Jonathan, William and Tim to honour their father in a way they would like.
The impressive looking trophy was made and donated by team-mate Anaru Chalmers.
After some deliberation it was decided the trophy would be a player's player award.
"It has taken us a while to figure out what it should be for," Jonathan said yesterday.
"We wanted it to be voted for by the players. We decided that the whole Southland men's team would get a vote because they have seen all the performances at the tournament we go to in Christchurch and in Dunedin and they've seen the club season as well.
"The coaches and the management get a vote and the scorers, so it's the people that have seen all the softball during the season."
Jamie Campbell's softball legacy will not just live on through thetrophy as his three sons are still playing a major part in the sport in Southland.
Jonathan, William and Tim will all line up for Demons Red tomorrow in the Calder-Mackay Shield club final against the Demons Blue.
The finals format means top qualifier Demons Red has to win just one of tomorrow's two games while Demons Blue have to win both to win the title.
The first game starts at 2pm and if the second game is needed it will start at 4pm.