Cronk?s ambition sets a busy 2006 schedule

FORMER Rockhampton-based softballer Kylie Cronk could be considered a magician.

Cronk, 21, is working as an aquaculture technician at a barramundi farm in Bowen, "looking after all the little fishies'', she hopes to finish her university studies through CQU early next year and she wants to be in the Australian women's team for next year's world softball championships in Beijing, China.

What's the secret to success?

"Organisation skills, making sure your schedule is set out with work, training and fitting in some uni,'' Cronk said, squeezing in a couple of minutes of spare time to speak to The Morning Bulletin from Bowen during the week.

If you think Cronk's 2005 playing schedule was bad enough ? a year which included national championships, the Canada Cup, the World Cup in the USA and Japan Cup, and she couldn't make the Pan Pacifics due to study ? her 2006 schedule will need a home run.

It all starts with the National Softball Championships in Altona, Victoria, hitting off on January 1.

This is Cronk's third quiet New Year's Eve spent preparing for nationals.

"At the end of the day we're there to play the nationals and win.''

After the nationals there's a New Zealand tour in February, followed by a grand prix series rounds that same month and in April, then the World Championship team is selected, before hitting Canada Cup and US World Cup events in July.

"It makes me tired just thinking about it all.''

Cronk is particularly focused on the World Championship selection.

"If I get in, it will give me a good basis for Olympic selection down the track,'' Cronk said.

Cronk rated 2005 as a "great'' year.

"The games were so much fun because you're playing at the highest level and you have a lot of fun on and off the field,'' she said.

Despite now being based Bowen, Cronk has travelled to Brisbane every weekend, or every second weekend, for training and still plays some games in Brisbane.

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