Byford junior already climbing the ladder in the baseball world


Byford Baseballer Liam Olesen.
Byford Baseballer Liam Olesen.

WHETHER it is playing, umpiring or coaching baseball, Byford’s Liam Olesen can do it all.

Now, the 16-year-old has been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime after being invited to attend a three-week development camp in Chicago.

Olesen, who plays for Willetton Baseball Club, said the opportunity came by chance.

“The lady who organised the trip, she invited me and a few others to umpire,” he said.

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“But through whatever happened, they didn’t need any umpires, so they’ve invited me to go over and play instead.”

The camp is a reward for the hard-working Olesen, who despite his age has already established himself in Willetton’s AA side.

“The men’s season started before juniors, so I trained for a few weeks and they needed someone to play in one of the lower men’s grades,” he said.

“So I played for them and after maybe two games I got called up to play AAs.”

Olesen has juggled playing with the seniors alongside his commitments to the under-17s and under-19s teams he also plays in.

However, he has also proven himself a talented umpire, having umpired the Under-13 National Championships in New South Wales last year.

He plans to do the same at the under-15 championships in Adelaide this year.

Olesen said while he prefers playing, umpiring had improved his own personal game.

He also tried coaching, taking charge of his brother’s under-13 little league side last year and guiding them to a grand final berth.