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Josh Guyer wins Junior Sports star nominee award

Article published in the Blacktown Advocate: Wednesday June 8, 2011

Josh_guyerJOSHUA Guyer (who plays for 2011 Pirates Major League 1st Grade side) hopes to take advantage of his chance to impress Major League baseball scouts when the Australian Schoolboys baseball team tours the United States in September.

 

Joshua impressed the national selectors during the recent National Schoolboy Championships, where he reached first base on a third of his appearances at bat and recorded an average pitching speed of 140 km/h to help his team overcome Western Australia in the final.

 

"I feel very good about being selected for my country, there were other players that could have been chosen but they chose me at the end of the day," he said.

 

He hopes to break into the Philadelphia Phillies roster when he completes high school, joining fellow Blacktown baseballer Grant Balfour in the sport's top league."That is the ultimate for any baseballer, to play professionally is a dream," he said.

 

He also said he wanted to wear the green and gold of the Australian team, possibly competing at the 2016 Olympics."There is nothing that compares to wearing the national uniform, hopefully in a few years I can be considered by the national selectors," he said.

 

The Australian Schoolboys tour will begin in California and finish in Oregon.

 

Joshua is this week's Blacktown Advocate Junior Sports Star Awards nominee. The awards are sponsored by Rebel Sports.

 

Honarary mention also goes out to Michael Margerison a pitcher with the Pirates Major League squad who has also qualified for the Australian School Boys team.

 

Congratulations to Josh and Michael from everyone at the Quakers Hill Pirates