Papanui student heading overseas for baseball tourrnment

THROWING SMOKE: Owen Dabkowski has been selected to play for the Super City Spartans in the Gold Coast Summer Classic Baseball Tournament. PHOTO: Supplied

Papanui High student Owen Dabkowski has been selected to play for the Super City Spartans in the Gold Coast summer classic baseball tournament in Australia in January.

The 13-year-old has been playing baseball since he was five and currently plays for Southern Astros club based in Avonhead Park.

He said he was looking forward to competing overseas.

“I am looking forward to meeting new people and being able to compete at a high level for New Zealand,” he said.

He said it would be great to get more students into the sport.

“It is not popular at all [at Papanui High]. I think that I am the only one that plays. I’d like to introduce it to more students though,” he said.

Ultimately, he would like to get a scholarship to play in the United States.

Owen has been busy fundraising towards the cost of the trip through running sausage sizzles, quiz nights, a St Albans market day sale and car washing.

He was also granted $450 from the Papanui-Innes Community Board towards the trip.

The classic has been run since 2016 and will feature at least 18 teams participating in the various age group levels this year.

The aim of the tournament is to develop players and the game of baseball.