Baseball WA is delighted to announce Black Dog Institute as our Official Community Partner for the 2023 season.
The baseball community mourned too often this year, and Baseball WA felt a partnership with a mental health organisation was important to drive awareness, while also providing the resources, education, and platforms to promote positive mental health and support.
Research shows every year one in five people in Australia will experience symptoms of mental illness, but 60% will not seek help.
Baseball WA CEO Lachlan Dale said:
“In partnership with the Black Dog Institute, we are now confident that Baseball WA can help to assist the baseball community as they create a mentally healthy environment for everyone. The partnership is timely and the resources made available are extremely important and relevant to our clubs and members.”
Baseball WA will be launching its inaugural Mental Health Round kicking off on Friday 20 October at Empire Ballpark in Thornlie with a State League double header, and then continuing throughout the regular home and away fixtures, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month. Black Dog Institute will have important content promoted in our socials and newsletters as well as shorts playing on the broadcast livestream throughout the game.
All players will be invited to wear special co-branded Black Dog Institute playing socks throughout the round to raise funds for the organisation, enabling researchers, developers, and educators to continue and pioneer mental health programs.
Karen Elliff, Director of Funding and Partnerships at Black Dog Institute, said:
“We’re so pleased and thankful to Baseball WA for collaborating with us to expand awareness around the importance of mental health. Funds raised through this partnership will help ensure the continuation of our vital research and the delivery of evidence-based programs throughout the community.”
About the Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. Their aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.
They do this through ‘translational’ research. Integrating their research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections, and create real-world change.
Their partnerships with people with lived experience, federal, state and local governments, communities, schools, corporate Australia, philanthropists and others in the mental health sector enables them to drive evidence-informed change in mental health where it’s needed most.
Team Australia has finalised their roster for the 2023 Under 18 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.
Three West Australians made the cut following a highly competitive week at the Under 18 National Junior Camp on the Gold Coast. This includes catcher Joshua Davies, outfielder Michael De Gasperis, and pitcher/first baseman Jai Hewitt.
Baseball WA High Performance Manager Andy Kyle will serve as the team's head coach for the second year.
Players competed in daily training, testing and games to determine the roster, with the team departing to Taiwan this Thursday for a week-long training camp before the tournament starts on 31 August.
Read more and view the full roster HERE.
Congrats and good luck to Josh, Michael, Jai, and Andy!
Baseball WA is now hiring for an Accounts Officer in a part-time/casual role (15-20 hours per week).
This is an opportunity to join a collaborative organisation where you will be responsible for managing accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking, and credit cards as well as providing general finance and administrative support across Baseball WA and its clubs.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced bookkeeper who has an interest or exposure to working within a member-based association of a sporting nature.
We are looking for someone with the following skills:
Applications close 5:00pm (AWST) on Friday 1 September 2023. Baseball WA reserves the right to shortlist, interview, and fill this position prior to the closing date.
Please view the full job advertisement and position description before applying.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congrats to our five WA players who made us so proud at the Women’s Baseball World Cup!
Well done Meahgan Haggart, Morgan Doty, Leah Cornish, Kelsey Brennan, and Caitlin Eynon!
It was an action-packed week of baseball, and the Emeralds persevered through challenging games to end the tournament with a win.
Their teamwork and dedication set a great example for girls and women in baseball across Australia and beyond. It was amazing to see them represent on the world stage and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future.
Thank you Emeralds!
View Team Australia updates and photos by Brendon Beacom HERE.