Mary Martin is a 16 year old who attends Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard. She is in Grade 11, and she’s a fantastic student.
"My average is in the mid-90s, I like pre-calculus and physics," she says.
Mary has one more year until she graduates high school but has no doubt her education will continue.
"I’d like to go into business management, business administration, or accounting…something along the lines of that."
As fantastic a student as she is, Mary is every bit as good a softball player.
"This will be my eighth year. I gave up hockey to pursue softball a few years ago because I loved it so much more."
Mary played for the Winnipeg Lightning ’97s U16 A team last season and she was named top female player in her age group by Softball Manitoba.
"I really enjoy my team; we’ve grown up with each other," she says.
Mary is primarily a catcher but also spends some time in the outfield.
"I love the feeling of walking out onto the diamond, I feel in control."
I asked Mary what type of hitter she is.
"I am a lefty and my coach tells me left field is my friend when I’m hitting," she explains.
"I am usually hitting second or third, and my goal is to get on base. When needed I bunt and slap a bit as well."
With Mary’s dedication to her education and the game of softball, she will likely have her pick of American universities and colleges to attend.
"I’m in the process of recruiting schools in the States right now," she says. "There are a few schools I’m interested in, but I haven’t decided yet."
Mary is a well-rounded athlete who puts an emphasis on being prepared.
She typically likes to arrive at practices an hour before they begin to work on her game.
"If you want to pursue anything, practice is probably the biggest thing. Get in lots of repetitions and you will find consistency in your game."
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.