Five Young Kiwi Baseballers Secure Trip of a Lifetime to Japan

Five young Kiwi Baseballers, including four from Auckland and one from Levin, will be winging their way in August to attend the all-expenses paid World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) in Yokohama, Japan.

The prestigious fair was founded in 1989 by home run kings Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron, along with Dr Akiko Agishi. The mission of the organization is "to share the dream of friendship and teamwork with the children of the world and to sow the seeds of that dream through an international baseball fair.”

The WCBF provides the tools and encouragement for children to grow and become citizens of the world and build international bridges that connect and unite people through a common love of the sport of baseball, according to the organization.

“The opportunity to represent New Zealand Baseball as a chaperone and attend this global event in Japan was an amazing opportunity,” according to group chaperone, Howick-Pakuranga’s Paul Wansbone, who said, “being chosen for this trip is another chance to learn more so I can then pass that on to our young players and also coaches that are charged with teaching them baseball.

“I’ve followed the WCBF for a number of years and I know that each and every one of these young baseballers heading to the fair will have an experience they’ll never forget,” said Wansbone.

One such young player going is West City’s Jack Trillo, who according to his mother Kim, “he sat in stunned silence when I told him he’d been picked to go and that was followed by the giggles in between a lot of ‘wahoo’s”.

“He’s just beside himself and can’t wait to go,” said Kim, adding, “It will be his first big trip away from us and I know it will be great for him, hanging out with the other kids and also developing skills and meeting like minded people.”

Jack’s mum is also slightly jealous of her son, saying, “whilst I’m over the moon for Jack, I’d love to visit Japan, but we are 100% supportive of him and can’t believe he’s been selected, it’s just such an amazing opportunity and absolutely blows our socks off.”

This year’s event will be held from the 8th to the 16th of August, and it will include players from nations from across the world participating in baseball clinics, cultural events and tourist trips.

Baseball New Zealand would like to congratulate the following participants on their selection to attend the World Children’s Baseball Fair:

Bayside-Westhaven                         Harrison Wurr

West City                                         Jack Trillo

Howick-Pakuranga                          Rhyan Galloway

Central City                                     Ben Sinclair

Levin Hustle                                    Flynn Warren


Chaperone                                      Paul Wansbone (Howick-Pakuranga)


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