Local softball players, coaches compete in Australia
Several local coaches and players — coach Liz Jacques, coach Diana Sobeck, players Lauren Judd, Emilee Modrzejewski, Maddie Wilkinson and Nicole Barbeau, coach Jen Johnson, coach Christin Sobeck, coach Jeremy Wilkinson and coach Lisa Modrzejewski recently took part in America’s Team softball in Australia.
“Going to a different country was always a dream of mine but I never thought I would be playing softball and representing the USA,” Emilee Modrzejewski said. “I am so beyond lucky and proud that I got the chance to show my talents, play in front of other college coaches and make friends with teammates from across the country. Australia was a great experience and I would love to see others have this life changing experience. I am so thankful to my parents and coaches who made this experience possible.
America’s Team along with ACIS (American Council for International Students) coordinate all player recommendations and formulate teams. Throughout the year coaches and players google meet to communicate travel plans and have team time. Once to their destination staff and players hit the ground running touring all that the country has to offer. Australia’s trip included Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, yoga on the beach, surf lessons on the Gold Coast of Brisbane, kayaking with dolphins, Bondi Beach, flying to Sydney and touring the city, Opera House and softball tournament at the 2000 Olympic Stadium in Sydney where Team USA won the gold medal.
Coach Jen Johnson’s USA Team took silver in the tournament.
“America’s Team provided an opportunity to coach talented athletes from all over the US. Traveling through Australia and taking silver medals were added bonuses that contributed to this experience of a lifetime.”
This summer was coach Christin Sobeck’s second tour with America’s Team.
“Last summer was my first trip with the America’s team organization to Spain,” she said. They run a program that is well organized, experienced staff and creates an opportunity that includes a great blend of culture, tourist fun and high level softball in an international setting. This summer’s trip to Australia was filled with adventurous and talented student-athletes/supporters from all over the US. It was amazing to tour Australia’s beautiful countryside, sharing with local athletes/families and have the game of softball bring us all together.”