Harrington Park teen Joshua Bond ready for national softball challenge

Harrington Park's Joshua Bond is focused as he prepares to hit the ball.
Harrington Park's Joshua Bond is focused as he prepares to hit the ball.

Harrington Park teenager Joshua Bond will look to prove age is no barrier when he competes at a major softball tournament next week.

The 19-year-old will head to Canberra this afternoon (Friday, February 11) to represent the NSW open men’s side at the Softball Australia National Championships.

Bond will be one of the youngest players to compete for the team at the tournament from January 13 to 19.

However, the pitcher said he didn’t feel overawed by the challenge.

“I am very excited, hopefully we can get a win and I can learn from the older guys,” Bond said.

Bond said it would be the “fourth or fifth” time he has represented his state.

“I have played for the NSW at the under-17s and under-19s level, but never in the open men’s,” he said.

“I am very proud to represent NSW again.”

Bond will be joined on the NSW open men’s by fellow Macarthur locals James Todhunter, James Darby and Liam and Kieran O’Leary.

“It will be good to see some familiar faces,” he said.

Bond grew up playing tee-ball in Macarthur. 

He took a break to pursue other interests before deciding to join softball about six years ago.

Bond said he loved the challenge that the sport provided.

“It’s fast paced but also very relaxed – there are always people up for a good chat out there,” he said.