Baseball volunteer honoured

Werribee Giants president David Bishop-Worn with Janet Box, after she received her life membership (photo taken before lockdown). (Supplied) 247421_01

Janet Box says she feels “really honoured” to have been made a life member of the Werribee Giants Baseball Club (WGBC).

Box’s association with the club began when her son Oliver started playing T-Ball in 1997.

After he moved onto junior baseball, Box volunteered as a scorer.

She practised her scoring skills while watching games in the 2000 Olympics.

Box ended up following Oliver as he progressed to the seniors’ team, scoring for 21 years – including for the senior reserves.

She cooked for the seniors after Thursday training, with “JB’s Spag Bol” becoming a favourite meal among players.

Box later spent nine years on the club’s committee, where she did everything from canteen duty to gardening.

She also volunteered as a T-Ball coach for three years and as T-Ball co-ordinator for four years.

Box said she ran school programs and come and try days, often using annual leave days from her full-time job to help out.

“I’d like to publicly thank the club committee and all the coaches, players and other members who have made my time with Werribee Giants so much fun and assisted me in my participation of the club,” Box said.

She said that after retiring from work, she and her husband recently moved from Wyndham Vale to South Gippsland.

However, they still travel two hours to Werribee every week so she can score the senior’s games.

Werribee Giants Baseball Club will have a come and try day at Presidents Park (gate two), Wyndham Vale on Sunday, August 22 between 11am – 3pm. No prior experience necessary.