MEMORABLE MOMENT: Kylie Cronk with the Australian Open team after winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Kylie Cronk with the Australian Open team after winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Contributed

Cronk surprised by new honour

SHE is an Olympic bronze medallist and a former Queensland captain, and now Emerald softball legend Kylie Cronk can add one more honour to her list of achievements.

Cronk will be inducted into the Softball Queensland Hall of Fame on July 12 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the sport.

"It was something I didn't expect, but at the same time I was very honoured," she said.

"I'm really proud that they have decided that my career was worthy of it."

She said it was "a bit hard to imagine" joining the elite company of the Hall of Fame.

"There have been some of my idols (inducted)," she said.

"You never think it's going to happen.

"There are a lot of other ladies who have played for a lot longer.

"It's obviously not what you compete for."

Cronk gave everything she could to Queensland and Australian softball, and achieved everything she had wanted to since first taking up the sport.

"I did start right from primary school," Cronk said.

"I went up through the ranks. My main goal at that age was I wanted to play in the Olympics.

"I would strive for doing the absolute best I could."

And when she finally reached her goals she could hardly believe it.

"My whole softball career has been a bit surreal," she said.

"One of the highlights, definitely, was going to the Olympics.

"Playing the sport for your country is just an amazing feeling.

"Any time you put on that Australian strip, or that Queensland strip, it's a very special moment."

Cronk said, as humbling as it was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, her fondest memories of her career would always be the team successes she experienced.

"You don't really play the sport for this sort of stuff," she said.

"It's probably more being a part of those teams that were the highlights."

Kylie Cronk

30 years old

Outfielder

Queensland Open representative from 2004-2010

Queensland Open captain for three years

Australian Open representative for six years

2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist

Competed at two World Championships


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