Baseball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, Simone Wearne, as Manager of the National Women’s Team – The Emeralds.
Arguably one of the best female ball players this country has produced, the eleven times Australian representative retired from elite competition in 2008, after ten years of State and National representative baseball. Simone was a member of the Women’s National team from 2001 to 2008 competing in 4 World Series and 3 World Cups, resulting in her 2012 induction into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame – the only female to ever receive the honour.
With years of playing success under her belt, Wearne provides leadership and stability both on and off the field. A true mentor to all female players of the game, Simone understands what it takes to be successful on the diamond but also knows the sense of pride that can only come from playing for your country.
“It’s a huge honour for me as a coach, to be given the opportunity to lead the Women’s National Team for another year and compete at the World Cup”, said Wearne. “The Women’s program has developed some really talented players over the years, and the caliber of the ones coming through the ranks now, makes me excited to think what the future holds for Australian Women’s Baseball”.
With focus now on the Emeralds preparations for the VIII WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, which will take place September 3 to 11, in Gijang City, South Korea, Baseball Australia is confident that under the helm of Wearne, The Emeralds will continue the success of past World Cup campaigns.
“The knowledge and experience that Simone brings to the table, will be integral to the success of the Women’s Team at the WBSC Women’s World Cup”, Baseball Australia’s Head of High Performance Glenn Williams.
The seventh edition of the Women’s World Cup will see the number of countries competing expanded, from the eight who took part at Miyazaki, Japan two years ago, to twelve for 2016 event. Tournament hosts, South Korea make their return to the competition along with current World Cup Champions Japan, United States, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, The Netherlands and Australia.
Baseball Australia wishes to congratulate Simone on her appointment.
Simone's Coaching and Support staff will be announced in the coming months along with the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup Schedule.