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US BASEBALL TOUR IS A HOME RUN

When Year 8 Media Arts student Flynn McGahan first started playing baseball four years ago, he didn’t think he would be playing in America.

But that’s exactly what happened this year when Flynn was invited to participate with World Baseball Showcases, which took him on a trip across America for two weeks with his team, comprised of students from Australia, Guam, Dubai and the US.

The tour saw Flynn travel through 14 states, from sunny California on the west coast to bustling New York City on the east, playing and watching baseball the entire way.

Flynn had the chance to play 15 baseball games, as well as gain knowledge and experience in the sport, but he said a highlight of the trip was spending time with others on the tour.

“I really enjoyed meeting kids from all different countries, coming together and playing together,” Flynn said.

The trip wasn’t limited to just baseball, however, and Flynn explored the sights of the cities they visited, including California, Las Vegas, Nebraska and New York City.

“We climbed to the top of the tallest building in every state which is a trip tradition,” Flynn said.

The excitement didn’t end at the conclusion of the trip as Flynn has been selected to be part of the under 14 Australian squad and has headed to New South Wales to train with Baseball Australia.

Throughout the tour, students were able to see the experience of American college baseball players, which was important for Flynn as he hopes to attend college in America to play baseball.

“I’ve been looking at the University of South Carolina because they have a really good second division which I think would be perfect for me,” he said.

“They have really good surf too.”

Flynn hopes to continue his baseball journey throughout his schooling, and the tour simply encouraged him to further pursue his dream to head to America.