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Baseball making its mark in New Zealand

By Levi Matautia-Morgan - levi.morgan@pmn.co.nz

Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn says more Pacific Islanders are getting involved with baseball, a sport that is fast growing in New Zealand.

The under-15s national team is preparing to host the Oceania championships in January and Auckland will also host the national championships in March.

Flynn says the growth of baseball in New Zealand means more people should get involved.

"The game, eight to nine years ago, was very Caucasian but it's become half and half, it looks more like the country now. It's Maori, Japanese, Kiwi, Caucasian it's all talented athletes from every race which is a beautiful thing to see,” he says. 

“That’s what the world is and that's what it should be and it's starting to really attract kids from every culture, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan and a lot of our best players are Maori."

New Zealand's U15 National Team in Japan 2016. Photo/ Baseball NZ.

Flynn says baseball will continue to grow in New Zealand.

"The game is growing by the day and we couldn't be more excited about where we're at and we truly think we're going to be a global power in this global game very soon."

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