It’s with regret that we advise the sad news that Janice (Jan) Foote from Hawkes Bay has passed after a short illness. On behalf of Softball NZ we would like to express our deepest sympathies.
In celebration of a beautiful life, we acknowledge Jan’s outstanding contribution to Softball including numerous national appearances representing our NZ Women’s team from the 1970’s, proudly attending multiple World Series and most befittingly, induction into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame. A totara has fallen.
Jan started her softball career in Hastings around 1955-56 playing for Braves Softball Club.
She represented Hawkes Bay in 1957-58 season. She played in a NZ v Rest game in 1962-63 season and was captain of Hawkes Bay in 1963-64. Jan was selected as catcher for New Zealand into play in the Women’s world Series in Australia in February 1965.
In 1965-66 she was a New Zealand catcher working with Hawkes Bat pitcher Libby Bowles. In 1966-67 she played in a victorious North v South match in Dunedin.
In 1967-68 Jan and Libby were part of the invincible Leopards club in Hastings.
In 1971-72 Jan Foote and Libby Bowles were playing in Wairarapa and were selected in the
N Z Team.
In February 1972 she played for NZ against the Arizona all Stars in a Test Series in N Z.
In 1974 Jan caught for New Zealand against New South Wales.
Jan returned to Hawkes Bay and began coaching Rep teams in Hawkes Bay from about 1979.
She passed away about 9 February 2023 in Hastings and was cremated.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.
Ngā mihi nui