Amanda Torrington, Baseball player – State and National Team and Squad
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I play baseball. It’s such an unknown concept in this country, that women play baseball. But we do, and we do it for the absolute love for the game. Women’s baseball in Victoria is bigger than anywhere else in the country. It’s unmatched in it development opportunities and resources and is the reason why I uprooted my life in Brisbane, Qld; and moved to warm sunny Melbourne!
The Jezabels and Alex Lahey.
Such a cruel question. All time favorite would be the Josh Pyke acoustic version of Endless Summer (The Jezabels) – but right this moment, It’s a close first between Mended - Vera Blue, Every day’s a weekend – Alex Lahey, Heaven I know – Gordi, The Feeling - Eilish Gilligan, Bedroom City – Greta Stanley, Dream Girl – Jack River, Keep Growing – Camp Cope. (I have not done a good job at choosing only one…. Oops)
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST + WHY:
Alex Lahey. Have enjoyed watching her break into the scene knowing that its been many many years in the making. I find her to be incredibly chill and some of her music is so relevant to my teens and early 20’s in a messed-up world, learning lessons in life and love the hard way. It’s just very refreshing to come across a seemingly everyday type lass who makes fun music and couldn’t give two hoots about what anyone thinks!
IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF?
Playing the sport I love and representing my country is something I think a lot of athletes dream of. It’s something I always dreamt of and it’s something that I work for, day in, day out – whether it’s practising skills, gym, nutrition, mentality – it’s working through every little aspect and I love it.
WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?
Women are fierce. I love seeing a female play baseball in a men’s team and dominate. I love seeing women front bands. I love seeing a group of women out at a bar together, enjoying each other’s company, I love being in a women’s team where our only choice is to play together and we make it fun, we cut the bull shit, we work together and we work hard every day. I mean there are some days that I will leave the house at 5:30am to go to crossfit and then go to work all day and then leave work to go to baseball training. It’s gritty and it’s tiring and its so hard to keep up with life sometimes but I love it. I love seeing women succeed. I love seeing a woman be fearlessly herself in a world full or drudgery and hate. That shit is electric and should light up the souls of all women around her. Women are so strong when they stick together and I genuinely believe that.
HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?
Being a female in a male dominated sport is reason enough sometimes to want to give up. We have to play in men’s teams and are always thought of as being weaker and not capable and are always overlooked. And that was always hard. Getting picked to play for your state Queensland and now Victoria and having to pay thousands of dollars to represent your state. Getting the honour of being selected to played in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2012 and having to shell out around $4,000 to REPRESENT OUR COUNTY. I mean tell me how many men’s sports have to PAY money out of their own pockets to represent Australia….? But how do you manage it..? You get a full-time job, you work you ass off, you figure out how to make ends meet because this game, this sport, is your passion and it drives you and makes you strive to be a better person in every aspect of life. You WANT to inspire others and you WANT the women around you to be better and you WANT them to succeed as much as you do yourself. (And then you go and take out personal loans so you can pay for the overseas representative trip that you couldn’t quite makes ends meet for.. ha!)
DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?
You must be willing to do what others won’t. For me that was moving interstate, but it doesn’t always have to be that extreme! There could be 10, 100 or a thousand people wanting your spot on a team, wanting your job, wanting the exact thing that you do, dreaming of it day in, day out like you do.. But the wonderful thing is that there could be these people that push as hard as you, but you must be willing to work harder. There may be people with more talent than you but there is absolutely no reason why there should be someone that works harder than you – and that’s what pushes me every day to work hard and be better than I ever thought I could.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?
Being a teenager is hard. In any day and age, it’s hard. For me it was a matter or being on the cusp of the sporty kids and being the bullied kid because I didn't quite fit in with the sporty kids. I have done different sports my whole life so had always had bigger legs than everyone else and bigger shoulders than everyone because I was so sporty and was being told I was gay before I even knew better, so I was completely ostracized and found myself eating lunch alone, hiding in the library or on days where people would let me sit at their lunch table, I would feign interest in talking about make-up, hair and boys. I always found myself being forced out of the house to interact with other humans when all I wanted to do was hang out in my room with my guinea pig, Lucy whilst listening to my music. What a dream right?!
So yes, being a teenager is hard, growing up through the awkward ugly stage with all the girls around you wearing make-up, whilst you were make-up free, full of pimples and bad, bad hair. And it’s amazing how at those times you wish you were so much like them, you wish that you were 'cool' and never accept that it’s OK to be different, in fact, it’s more than OK to be different, it’s wonderful. By the time I hit 22, I came to realise that the world can be cruel place, and you need to spread your own little sunshine to light up a seemingly dark place. Everything happens because it’s supposed to, and lessons are given to be learnt from, and your heart is broken, shattered, torn to shreds to prepare you for the real thing that will hopefully, one day, find us. Man, growing up is hard.
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