by Kathy Johnson
A 15 year-old baseball player from Woods Harbour will be suiting up for Canada at a junior girls’ development camp in Cuba next month.
Bailey Cameron was selected to participate in Baseball Canada’s Junior Girls National Team Baseball Program last fall, after spending two seasons with the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls squad, where Cameron and her teammates struck back to back bronze, marking the first medal win ever in national competition for a female baseball team from Atlantic Canada.
“I’m pretty excited about Cuba,” said Cameron, who is the only player from Nova Scotia invited to participate in the week long program, which will run from Feb. 18 to 25.
This is the fourth year that Baseball Canada has organized the trip for girls aged 14 to 20. The camp focuses on developing baseball skills along with gaining a cultural experience both on and off the baseball field. The trip has served as a stepping stone for players who have gone on to play for the National Team.
Cameron has been trying to raise the $1,625 needed to attend the camp. “I’m gaining a little bit,” she said, adding there are tentative plans to hold a Dutch auction and/or a trivia night in support of the trip. Cameron must also cover the cost of round trip airfare to Montreal to meet up with the team.
Cameron got a bit of a financial boost from Barrington Municipal Council at the Jan. 14 meeting, when council granted her request for $200 from the Activities Fund. The donation will be made directly t the tam
Additional support came during a break in the meeting, when former municipal councilor Angus Atkinson, who was sitting in the audience, gave Cameron a financial donation, challenging the councilors to do the same.
In the meantime, Cameron keeps conditioned by working out a local gym, with a focus on advancing in her sport. “Baseball is my passion,” she said. “I’m pretty serious about it.”
Looking ahead to the coming season, Cameron will again be on the roster for the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls Team, as well as the Clark’s Harbour Bantam Boys squad. Cameron also plays with the Yarmouth Gateways AAA Bantam Boys team when they need a player.
The pitching mound is Cameron’s favourite place on the field. She also plays third base and right field. A Grade 10 student at the Barrington Municipal High School, Cameron is also involved in school athletics, including soccer, track and field, badminton and softball.
Bailey is the daughter of Wayne and Sherry Cameron.