Gemma Hooker – U19 Australian Development Squad

Gemma Hooker – U19 Australian Development Squad

Gemma’s insight into the Japan tour 2018

In your words, in general, what was your experience like in Japan?

Fantastic experience that allowed me to learn so much and develop me as a player

 

How did you feel when you pulled on the Australian colours to play your first game for your country?

  • proud
  • honoured
  • excited

 

What did you gain/learn from the tour and what life experiences did you learn, if any?

To achieve your goals and perform at your best you have to be open to pushing your boundaries and doing things that may be out of your comfort zone, but you have to be willing to have a go.

 

In your opinion, what was your highlight of the Tour?

Playing against all the other teams, it showed me how different softball can be played in other countries and opened my eyes to the standard and intensity expected.

Who was the best player you played against and why?

 

 

Softball Career

What age did you start playing softball?

About 13 years old

 

What Club did you start playing for? Who do you play for now?

I started playing for Carine Cats and I am currently still playing for them

 

What is your favourite fielding position?

Pitcher or 1st Base

 

Who is your inspiration to keep striving to be the best?

Players like Leigh Godfrey who are consistent in performance and play the game with a lot of respect

 

Who do you look up to in the Softball community?

I really look up to the senior players at my club who I have played with over the past few years and have taught me so much. Players like Shannon Hearne and Luci Powell.

 

Over the course of your playing career, what opportunities and achievements have you had in softball? Please list 3-4 most memorable or highest achievements.

  • 2018 U17 girls Most Valuable Player of the National Tournament
  • 2018 selection in the All Tournament team for the National Tournament (position 1st base)

 

What goals have you set for yourself going forwards?

Playing as well and consistent as I can in the upcoming U19 Nationals in January

 

What is the best advice you can give other young girls hoping to play for Australia?

Be willing to test your limits and push yourself because you will be surprised with what you can actually achieve.

The hard work really does pay off!