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Today in Lismore, local softball identity Kayleen Shailes was honoured by having one of the grounds at the Albert Park Baseball Softball Complex, named after her.

Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins unveiled the new sign this morning at Ground 3 – which will now be known as Shailes Field.

Mrs Shailes is a much loved and respected member of the local softball fraternity and the naming of the field was kept secret from Mrs Shailes who attended the unveiling.

Far North Coast Softball Association Secretary Di McGowen said it was a recognition that was well deserved.’ Kayleen is a much loved and respected member of our softball community,’ said Ms McGowan. ‘She has contributed so much for our game both locally and on a national level.

‘I just couldn’t think of anyone else who deserved it more.’

Ms McGowan said Kayleen wasn’t just a player.’ She also took on coaching, joined the executive of the association, and took to umpiring due to her excellent knowledge of the game rules.’

Lismore City Council Mayor Vanessa Ekins said the Council was delighted to name the field after Mrs Shailes. ‘Lismore City Councillors voted unanimously in the July meeting this year to name the field in recognition of Mrs Shailes’ contribution to softball in Lismore.

‘Congratulations and well deserved after what she has accomplished for softball.’

Some of Mrs Shailes’ accomplishments include being inducted as a Life Member of the Far North Coast Softball Association, playing for the NSW state team, coach of the Men’s Under 23’s NSW softball team, an executive of the Far North Coast Softball Association and umpire.

Lismore City Council Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy congratulated and thanked Mrs Shailes for her work and dedication to softball, both locally and nationally. ‘It’s a fitting tribute to a woman who has done so much for the sport,’ he said. ‘The Albert Park Baseball and Softball complex is a popular and world class facility.

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