Softball Queensland caught up with Charisma Kerr after returning from the Open Women National Championships 4th – 10th January in Perth. This was Charisma’s first selection in the Queensland Heat team and playing at the open women nationals. The Heat team finished 3rd and Charisma was awarded the Rookie of the Year. Following the nationals Charisma was announced in the Australian side for the upcoming Australia Pacific Cup.
Charisma was also a member of the Queensland under 23 women’s team who won the under 23 national championship in July 2019, where she was also awarded tournament MVP.
How long have you been playing softball, and what age did you begin?
I started playing at 6 years old at Caboolture Softball, I have been playing ever since. Both mum and dad played softball when they were younger and introduced me to the game through t-ball.
What is it about the game that has kept you playing?
Since a young age I have always been competitive and loved playing the game. As a kid I enjoyed the thrill of getting people out, hitting home runs and learning new skills. I loved watching the elite players and always wanted to be like them.
This was your first open women nationals; how did you find playing for Queensland at this level?
It was really exciting. There was a lot of support from the team, coaching staff, family and friends. It was a great environment to be in and also a learning curve. There is a massive jump in the level of the game from 23’s, the pitching is of a much higher level in the open’s.
You have had an amazing couple of months with under23 women national champions in July 2019, named tournament MVP, selection in the Queensland open women team, rookie of the year at the open women nationals and now Australian selection for the APC and Summer Slam, how are you feeling?
It’s all still surreal. I did not expect any of this but are so very happy and grateful for the support. It has been an amazing experience.
Advice to athletes on looking to juggle sporting commitments with family and work/school commitments?
I have great family support from my mum, dad, boyfriend, family members and friends. My family help to look after my almost 2-year-old daughter. My daughter drives me to be a better person for her and I want to give her someone to look up to.
What advice would you give to younger players wanting to represent Queensland and Australia?
Enjoy the game, have fun, train hard, listen and take on board advice.
I would like to thank everyone that has helped me throughout the year, they have been so supportive, and I am very appreciative. A big thank you to my family, boyfriend, friend’s and coaches.