Dylan L’Herpiniere is Cockburn’s only representative in the 16-man team but could prove one of his side’s most important weapons come game day.
The 17-year-old pitcher has won batting awards, fairest and bests and won four grand finals at local level and even boasts a national all-star pitcher award from his eight years in the game. All that experience will be needed when he takes on the nation’s best.
‘We all hope and aim for the gold medal,’ he said. ‘We have a good team and we are in with a good chance to win.’
Dylan said WA would have to be at their best to have a chance at the title.
‘Our biggest competition is with Victoria and New South Wales,’ he said. ‘But our biggest rivalry would be Queensland because they beat us in some important games over the past couple of years.’
Dylan, currently completing a Certificate IV and Diploma in sports development at Central Tafe Leederville, said the study would offer up numerous career options.
‘I can go down many different pathways after completing this course,’ he said.
‘Becoming a sports trainer, strength and conditioning coach, or going onto university to do sports science or physiotherapy are all options.
‘I am hoping for a future in baseball but if not then I always have my Tafe |qualifications to still go down the sports path.’