She may be the youngest ‘life member’ of any sporting club in history.
At just 26-years-old Paige Hyslop has been voted in as life member of Hornsby District Softball Association.
Nominated by Lisa Casey and Tracey Holman, Hyslop was the only inductee in 2017.
“Paige has brought leadership, drive and passion into HDSA,” Holman said at the Annual General Meeting.
“Paige values every player and official, she gives so much time, either behind the scenes or doing admin and applying for grants.
“I have learnt a lot from you, you truly are selfless and caring.”
Hyslop took over as the club’s president in 2013 after being with the association for 12 years.
“I want to give back – that’s why I do it,” she told the News.
This club gave so much to me as a child. I want these kids to have the same experience.
“I don’t want softball to die out as a sport.”
Hyslop began playing tee-ball in 1996 with North Rocks Softball Club at Auburn before the club moved to be part of the Hornsby competition in 2001.
“I played in my first rep team for Hornsby in 2001 – it would have been under-12s,” she said.
The North Rocks resident went on to play under-14, under-16, under-19 and open women’s representative softball for Hornsby.
In 2006, she represented NSW in the under-16 state team.
To become a life member a person must be nominated and then receive 75% of the votes from the Hornsby District executive and the club delegates with voting capacity.
Hyslop now joins a handful of ex-Hornsby executives as life members of the association, including her mother Ros Hyslop who was inducted in 2014.