Placentia athlete proving his worth

Liam Shea Softball NL’s Minor Male Athlete of the Year

Published on May 18, 2017

Liam Shea, 17, has been an avid softball player for as long as he’s been able to play sports.

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PLACENTIA – Liam Shea earned himself an award at the recent Softball NL Annual General Meeting.

The Softball Nl AGM was held on Saturday, May 7th, and Shea was there to receive his award – Minor Male Athlete of the Year 2016.

Getting any kind of award like that makes up for any bad game or bad day you have

Liam Shea

Shea told The Compass that it was an honour to receive the award, and that things are only looking up from here.

“Softball has always been a huge part of my life,” explained Shea. “I’ve played locally since I was fives-years-old, so I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t involved in it.”

Shea, 17, is a grade 11 student at Laval High School in Placentia, where he also plays basketball and hockey, but says that softball is a personal favourite of his.

Softball has taken Shea all over the country, having played in national tournaments in both Ontario and Saskatchewan. Shea has also participated in provincial tournaments, but says that some of his best memories come from nationals.

“You really get to test your skills in nationals,” he explained. “Those are the best players in Canada, so you really need to play as best you can. That’s something you don’t always get to do in the provincial level, so it’s fun and challenging at the same time.”

While travelling for softball, Shea says he has come across friendships he would have never made any other way. On top of that, the experience as a whole as a softball player in Canada is something Shea will never take lightly.

Two years ago, Shea started playing at a provincial level, and as of last year, has moved up to intermediate. Shea says softball is not only a big part of his life, but a popular sport at his high school as well.

Upon being nominated for the Minor Male Athlete of the Year award, Shea says he felt as though all the years of playing were leading up to moments like this.

“It’s really a great feeling to be recognized like that,” explained Shea. “Like I said, softball played a huge role in my life, so getting any kind of award like that makes up for any bad game or bad day you have. It’s an honour, really.”

As a high school athlete, Shea has many opportunities to take part in different sports in the coming years, but he says his love of this sport will be with him for a lifetime.