Jan Murphy had never played softball two years ago, yet at the end of her second season with the Blues Sisters Softball Team last year, she pitched the team to a grand final win.
Its a fairytale beginning that not many people get to experience, Jan said. The secret to achieving that dream and becoming a good softball player was the great team spirit in the Blues Sisters. They dont put you down if you make a mistake, and when you are out there you know the whole team is behind you.
The Blues Sisters Softball Team was formed in 2004 by a group of women who wanted to get fit and support the gay and lesbian community in the Northern Rivers. Promoting awareness of diversity, and respect for all peoples, the team is openly queer and queer friendly. Many members aligned themselves with the team after experiencing homophobia personally or seeing it happen to family and friends.
Its time we got together to stand up to discrimination in the area, Jan said. It makes it safer for everyone, and the whole community benefits, not just gays and lesbians.
Other teams in the league have noticed the fairness with which the Blues Sisters play and have been very supportive.
Win or lose, its about enjoying the game and respecting each other, and that includes the opposition, Jan said. Mind you, its great when you win! And each win helps build pride in the gay and lesbian community too.
Jan encourages anyone who enjoys softball, or would like to learn how to play, to join the Blues Sisters.
We play every Saturday afternoon and train every Wednesday at Albert Park playing fields from 5pm so you can just come along and join in, she said. Quite a few players bring their partners, kids and friends, so were just like a big family really.
If you would like to know more about the Blues Sisters Softball Team you can join in at training every Wednesday at Albert Park from 5-7pm or phone the team manager on 0428 261 654.
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