Ellen Roberts Named to Australian National Team
Jan. 16, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis senior pitcher Ellen Roberts was named to the 2014 Australian Women’s National Softball Team, Softball Australia announced on Thursday.
Roberts is one of 26 players to make the Australian National Team. The team will compete in the ISF XIV Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands from Aug. 15-24.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent my country at the highest level. Playing for my country has been one of my lifelong dreams,” Roberts said.
The senior is one of nine representatives from New South Wales, Roberts’ home state. During the 2013 winter break, Roberts competed with the New South Wales Blue Bloods and won a national championship.
“She wants these kinds of challenges,” Memphis head coach Natalie Poole said of Roberts. “If you give the ball to her, she is going to do everything she can. She really wants the ball and she really wants to win.”
Playing on the national team gives Roberts the chance to play with some of her lifelong idols as well as some of her friends she grew up playing with.
“I have looked up to some of the older players who will be on the team as well, and I am blessed to now be able to play alongside them,” Roberts said.
Kaia Parnaby, a pitcher and fellow New South Wales resident and friend of Roberts, also made the national team for the fifth straight year. Parnaby, a graduate from the University of Hawaii in 2013, pitched against Memphis last season in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational on Mar. 3, 2013.
Roberts will be making her first appearance on the senior national team, but has been in the Softball Australia system for several years. Roberts was a member of the Australian U19 Women’s Softball Team in 2010 and 2011.
“I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given and I am so thankful for all the people who have helped me and supported me along the way,” Roberts said.
Poole believes Roberts’ character and work ethic helped her earn this recognition.
“I am grateful that she is a part of our team and that I get the chance to coach her. What a blessing for her to be recognized at the national level,” Poole said. “It says a lot about who she is.”