Southern River teenager to represent WA in softball

Avaria Nepia. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491029 communitypix.com.au.
Avaria Nepia. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491029 communitypix.com.au.

WITH strong role models in her own life, young softball talent Avaria Nepia wants to inspire the next generation of girls.

The 16-year-old Southern River College student credits her mother with being her greatest inspiration, both in life and in helping her fall in love with the sport.

“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I wouldn’t be who I am now,” she said.

“She started playing softball before I did, I watched everyone play and it was so exciting, I gave it a go and I’ve loved it ever since.”

Just weeks after travelling to South Australia to compete in the U17 Girls’ National Softball Championship, Avaria got news she will represent WA again after she was selected for the School Sports WA softball team to compete in Canberra in May.

She said she was excited about pulling on the black and gold again.

“Everything about softball gives me joy, you make new friends, hear everyone cheer and it’s so intense sometimes-It’s a great thrill,” she said.

“We have a special team, we all have gifts to bring to the diamond and I think we will do great if we train hard and work together.”

Avaria said she loved the way women’s sport was receiving more recognition of late.

“I believe it’s extremely important for women to be recognised equally in sport because it inspires young girls like myself to want to be a part of something and to get out there and play your heart out,” she said.

“Knowing that someone is looking up to me all because I’m being myself is amazing.

“I want them to be able to be their own person and if I can inspire them to do that, I would feel pretty awesome.”