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24 April 2012
Softball Australia announces the retirement of Softball Australia Hall of Fame inductee, Josh Davison. Davison was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2008 after an outstanding international career. In 2009 he was part of the Aussie Steelers team who were inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame after their World Championship title.
Davison effectively had two softball careers. Josh was the 31st player to represent Australia. His debut tournament was under Head Coach, Barry Blanchard, at the 1995 NZ Provincial Championship. He represented Australia for five years until he decided to retire from the game in 2000. A decision to return to the game and play the John Reid Shield in 2009 for his new state, Queensland, ignited a successful return to the sport for Josh. His performance at this tournament earned him selection in the Aussie Steelers team for the 2009 ISF World Championships, where the Aussie Steelers created history by winning the World Championship title.
Head Coach, Bob Harrow, speaks of the impact Josh made to the Steelers program:
“Josh is one of the most dedicated and rejuvenated athletes that have been involved in the Steelers program for many years and his training methods and desire are second to none. He proved to be one of the quickest and most disciplined left handed batters in the game. I can still visualize the moment when Josh executed perfectly the Hard Slap that rocketed by the Blacksox infield to score Michael Tanner in the World Championship final”
Former Aussie Steelers Captain, Mike Harrow speaks of the great qualities Josh has on and off the field. “Davo brought many great qualities to the Steelers team and to the game of Softball. He was always a tough but fair competitor, and had that great combination of speed and power. He was extremely versatile and he truly loved the game! Josh played to win, but was always smiling and having a great time – I think that is what makes him such a tough person to replace on any team .“
On announcing his retirement to his team, Davison's words to his Aussie Steelers teammates and the softball community show the passion he has for the sport and his Aussie Steelers team mates:
“My involvement within the Aussie Steelers family has been nothing short of unbelievable and unforgettable. A whirlwind of memories and moments that will be talked about at ballparks around the world and in our homes forever. The feeling we created in becoming World Champions in 2009 I will never let go, the moment Adam (Folkard) struck out Donny Hale was a truly sensational moment for everyone involved. I started counting the outs from about the 4th innings because once the Steelers scored our first run I could see it in everybody's eyes that we were going to win this thing, we were all that determined it was scary. Since coming back into the team the culture within the Steelers unit is something to experience, I mean the discipline, direction and resilience all players and officials displayed has been First and World class, it’s a credit to all involved.”
The entire softball community congratulates Josh for an outstanding career.
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