WOW: All-round Mundubbera sportswoman Raine Eastcott has been selected to play for Wide Bay U12 Girls softball in September in Edmonton, Cairns at the State Championships, despite never playing the sport before.
WOW: All-round Mundubbera sportswoman Raine Eastcott has been selected to play for Wide Bay U12 Girls softball in September in Edmonton, Cairns at the State Championships, despite never playing the sport before. Alex Treacy

Rising sports star is right as Raine

ATHLETICS, tennis, swimming, netball, cricket, cross country, softball.

No, we aren't making an exhaustive list of every sport that will be included in the Tokyo 2020 program, although one might be forgiven for making that assumption.

These are simply the sports which 11-year-old Raine Eastcott from Mundubbera excels at.

Mum Shannon said Raine is "flat stack” with all her commitments.

"I am carting her all over the country (for representative sport),” Mrs Eastcott said.

The family will be road-tripping up to Edmonton, Cairns, in September, after Raine made the Wide Bay U12 Girls softball team to compete in the State Championships, despite never having played the sport before trialling.

Dad Kevin, who attended the trials, was told it was a rare feat for a player with no experience to make the representative team.

"Everything the selectors told her to do, she did,” Mrs Eastcott said.

"It's sheer talent.”

Raine has been chosen as a shortstop, which means she's got to "attack the ball”, she said.

She has been training with sister Piper, who Mrs Eastcott said had a howitzer-like throwing arm, and the softball-mad Pashley family.

Raine is also the new record holder at Mundubbera State School's athletics carnival for 11 years girls discus throwing after throwing 19.82m, beating the previous 2011 record by almost one metre (18.92m).

This is the second consecutive year she has thrown a school record in discus.

Mrs Eastcott said Raine was nevertheless disappointed not to throw a personal best.

"She's a perfectionist,” Mrs Eastcott said.

"Because swimming is so personal best-oriented, she couldn't get it in her head just how good it was.”

Raine said discus was purely technique.

"Your strength has to come from your legs and your arms guide it out,” she said.

Despite her diminutive size, Raine is a rising shot put star too.

Mrs Eastcott said she would have made the Queensland representative competition last year if not for a last-minute foul caused by a dropped elbow.

Raine was also in action at the Wide Bay cross country trials last Tuesday, where she finished mid-field.

"I don't like running that much,” she confessed.

"I didn't train for it.”


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