Senators Kate Lundy and Gary Humphries have pledged their support for the “Let’s do it Canberra” bid to join the inaugural season of the Australian Baseball League (ABL), beginning November 2010.
As part of the bid, “Let’s do it Canberra” must obtain 5,000, $20 pledges of support from the Canberra community in addition to raising $100,000 per annum in sponsorship over three years.
Senator Lundy said she was delighted to pledge her $20 in support of the “Let’s do it Canberra” bid and urges all Canberrans to do the same.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to see Canberra compete on the national stage,” Senator Lundy said, adding,
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“Having Major League Baseball backing will give the league real credibility world-wide and help raise Canberra’s profile on an international level.”
Senator Humphries said that having a team in the ABL would give Canberra the opportunity to see its best local players in action.
“Canberra has produced many elite baseball players and it would be fantastic to see them represent their home town at a national level,” Humphries said.
“I urge all Canberrans to join with Kate and I and get behind the bid; this is a great opportunity for our local community to showcase ourselves on a national stage.”
ACT Baseball President Theo Vassalakis said gaining support from Senators Lundy and Humphries shows the significance of the opportunity that lies on Canberra’s doorstep.
“For Canberra to compete in the Australian Baseball League will be a dream come true for so many of our younger players,” Vassalakis said.
“We should not deny our current juniors and future generations the opportunity to represent their home town at the highest level possible.
“We can’t rely on the baseball community alone, for us to be successful we need the entire community get behind the ‘Let’s do it Canberra’ bid,” Theo concluded.