It is with great sadness that Softball Western Australia advises the passing of Flo Ireland, Hall of Fame and Life Member.
Flo was born in Kalgoorlie, however her family moved to Perth when she was fourteen. She was a very versatile sportswoman touring New Zealand with the Australian Women’s cricket team in 1948.
She joined the strong Blue Jays Softball Club in the 1952-53 season and was selected in the State Team her first year of playing softball. Her preferred position was second base however she was also more than useful as a pitcher. She represented Western Australia over 11 years and was captain for 4 years. She was a member of the National Champion teams in 1953 and 1955. In 1960 she was selected in the Australian Team to play against South Africa in Melbourne and selected again as Vice Captain of the team that toured New Zealand in 1962.
Flo’s contribution to softball was not confined to the diamond she was active in a number of administrative roles which included fund raising for state teams and also State President from 1961-63.
In her sporting career Flo also played hockey, basketball, table tennis and golf a truly versatile sporting identity.
The funeral will be held at Karrakatta at 2.00pm, Thursday 28th June.