After three years in the outfield softball player Kaitlyn Bomberry is happy to be crouching behind home plate.
The 14-year-old has won provincial titles and championships playing for both the Six Nations Minor Softball Association and the Brantford Bobcats of the Provincial Women’s Softball Association.
As one of the youngest players on her regional team, she patiently waited for the opportunity to express her versatility in the infield. Now playing catcher and third base she’s happy to finally be able to show her coaches her versatility.
“I like playing, so I dealt with [being in the outfield] because my team needed me. I just didn’t like being out there every single game,” said Bomberry. “I’m really happy now being a catcher and playing third base. My coaches tell me I’m a great fielder as well.”
The athletically inclined Bomberry is able to jump from sport to sport, and has a busy extra-curricular sports schedule playing softball four days a week while juggling hockey and rugby commitments. She says it has been the support from her family that has motivated her to continue to give sport her all.
“My family has played softball and baseball so it inspired me because I want to be as good as them when I play,” said Bomberry. “They encourage me by reminding me I’m good at what I do. It makes me want to work hard to continue to impress them.”
Of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the teenager through a youth group on her reserve, was selected as one of two athletes to represent the region at the Right to Play youth leadership conference in Winnipeg this May.
Bomberry was also able to travel to Florida in January to play in a showcase softball tournament at the Disney World baseball diamond. She says one of her favourite things about being involved in sport is that it gives her the ability to travel.
“The highlight of my softball experience has been being able to go to places like the U.S.A.,” said Bomberry. “I hope to one day go somewhere further than I would in a normal league game or tournament.”
The youngster will be receiving the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award for achievement in June, but due to a softball tournament conflict, unfortunately will not be around to receive it in person.
She looks forward to representing Team Ontario in softball at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games in July.
“I know it’s going to be a really good experience,” said Bomberry. It will be fun getting to play against all Aboriginal kids because I’ve never had the opportunity to do that before.”
As for her future goals Bomberry has already decided she would like to study police foundations at Mohawk College, where she also plans to compete at the varsity level. She says she will continue to give softball her all in hopes that one day she can take her athletic career to the highest level possible.
My future goals in sports would be to keep getting better, and eventually play for Team Canada,” said Bomberry, “I want to still be playing when I’m older and to keep playing until I cannot play anymore.”