Page no soft touch in Masters

Lorraine Page has played softball since 1956. Picture: Elle Borgward d403646
Lorraine Page has played softball since 1956. Picture: Elle Borgward d403646

Page and her softball team, the WA Legends, will be among the 8000 participants descen-ding on Geelong in October for a week-long festival of sport and entertainment.

It will be the eleventh time Page will take to the field and she has her eye firmly on the top prize.

Her team have entered the competition every second year since 1993 and always walk away with a gold medal in hand.

This year will be no different, Page predicts.

‘You’re still competitive with age ” you’re body may not want to move, but your mind does,’ she said.

Although Page will have 30 years on some of the players, her experience will hold her in good stead.

‘I’ve been playing softball since 1956. My sister and I would play netball in winter and softball in summer ” it’s what we did for fun.’

Discovering she had quite a talent for softball, Page started playing competitively in local competitions and before long she was among the top players in the State.

She represented WA on a number of occasions at national level before turning her hand to coaching the successful Under 16s WA Women’s team.

‘I’ve always enjoyed the sport ” it keeps you fit and keeps you young. The best thing about the Australian Masters Games and competing is the friendships and the good times.’

With her team of experienced players, the youngest member is 57 years old, Page is pushing forward with training sessions to make sure the WA Legends retain their reputation of being ‘the ones to beat’.

In the meantime, she will carry on playing softball twice a week and is not planning on giving it up anytime soon.

‘I’ll keep playing as long as I feel I’ve got something to offer the team,’ she said.