Baseball partnership to provide pathways

Clear pathways: Shane Kelleher is one of Westfields Sports High School's most successful baseball products. He attended the MLB Australian Baseball Academy on the Gold Coast three times.
Clear pathways: Shane Kelleher is one of Westfields Sports High School's most successful baseball products. He attended the MLB Australian Baseball Academy on the Gold Coast three times.

Australian pitcher Todd Van Steensel said the extra training sessions while attending a Sports High School were “invaluable”.

Van Steensel, who plays for the Sydney Blue Sox and in the US with the Minnesota Twins' minor league affiliate, was speaking at the launch of the NSW Sports High Schools Association and Baseball NSW partnership at Blacktown International Sports Park on Friday. The partnership will provide a clear pathway for Sports High school students like Westfields Sports to develop their skills and be aligned with Baseball NSW programs.

Westfields Sports baseball students and MLB prospect Todd Van Steensel at the Baseball NSW and Sports High School partnership launch.

Westfields Sports baseball students and MLB prospect Todd Van Steensel at the Baseball NSW and Sports High School partnership launch.

“The supportive environment at The Hills Sports high school enabled me to compete at the highest levels whilst still completing my schooling,” Van Steensel said.