Japanese Star Looks to Kick Start Womens Baseball in NZ

Japanese womens baseball star Ayako Rokkaku started playing baseball in her home country aged just five years old, 20 years later she is heading to New Zealand to help the national body begin a Womens programme in this country.

The 25-year old infielder is coming to New Zealand to visit the country and also host a women's baseball clinic in the city on Saturday 25th February in conjunction with Japanese Business Association and will also be present at Japan Day celebrations the following day.

Born in 1991, Rokkaku is a four time World Women's Baseball champion with the Japan 'Madonna' team, while also being the 2010 World Cup MVP after finishing the tournament with the highest batting average.

Following the 2010 tournament Ayako was also named World Women's MVP by the IBAF (then governing body of World Baseball) and was last year named as vice-captain of the Japan Madonna.


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