Canadian and Australian baseball teams competing in the Under 18 World Cup in South Korea this September will be training in Lismore from next week in the lead-up to the big event.
The Canadian and Australian under 18 national baseball teams will be in Lismore for a training camp from 20-27 August with games at Albert Park Baseball and Softball Complex from 22-26 August.
“We encourage baseball enthusiasts to come along and enjoy the games,” Lismore City Council Events Officer Leanne Clark said.
“We have a huge baseball and softball following in Lismore and these players are the talent of the future. These types of training camps are exactly what we want to see taking place at Albert Park and is why the current upgrades to our facility are so important.”
Lismore City Council is undertaking a $4.95 million upgrade of the Albert Park Baseball and Softball Complex in two stages.
“The stage one upgrade is complete and has already put the Lismore facility at an international level allowing training camps and matches of this calibre to be hosted,” Leanne said.
“International fixtures like this bring with them great benefits for Lismore. The exposure of Lismore’s first-class baseball facilities to the rest of the world is priceless. The economic impact of hosting two full baseball squads in Lismore also benefits everyone in the local community.
“Our city has a long tradition of baseball and this multimillion dollar upgrade is only possible because of the tenacity and hard work of our local volunteers and baseball and softball enthusiasts. The Far North Coast Baseball Association plays a massive role in hosting these events and is a key partner with Lismore City Council in making Lismore the home of baseball in Australia.”