Lara Andrews will captain the White Sox women's softball team at next month's world championships in the Netherlands.
Coach Naomi Shaw confirmed Andrews as her skipper today for the championships that run from August 15-26 in Haarlem.
Andrews, 24, played for Hutt Valley before taking her game to the United States where she is the first New Zealand woman to play in the American Pro Fastpitch League with the Pennsylvania Rebellion side.
"It's an incredible feeling to have my team and management believe in my abilities to lead this team at the next world champs," Andrews said.
"I believe nothing will change in the way I play and lead. I have grown so much since I've been in America playing ball (five years) and the knowledge and experience gained over here has really opened my eyes to the quality and higher level of softball in the US.
"I am now at the age where I am becoming more of an 'older' player on our team and it's really important that we continue to share knowledge.
"Softball is my key to the world' and has shaped me to be the individual I have become today."
Andrews named Japan and the United States as the teams to beat while also rating Australia.
New Zealand squad: Lara Andrews (USA) (Captain), Kyla Bromhead (Auckland), Rebecca Bromhead (Auckland), Ellie Cooper (USA), Megan Farrell (Auckland), Jennifer Feret (Auckland), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Courtney Gettins (Hawkes Bay), Melanie Gettins (Hawkes Bay), Tyneesha Houkamau (USA), Te Reo Powhiri Matautia (USA), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland), Cassie Siataga (Canterubry) , Taylor-Paige Stewart (USA), Michal Tangaroa (Auckland), Stacey Webber (Australia), Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury).
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