Laing Harrow is one of the best softball players to come out of the ACT or indeed Australia. He has excelled in state, national and international arenas for over a decade.
Laing began playing softball in local club competitions in Canberra, and instantly showed his outstanding talent. He first represented the ACT in 1986 continuing until retirement in 1996, with over 100 games in ACT colours.
His international career began in 1988, spanning eight years. Laing represented Australia in 40 international games. Laing’s natural talent was acknowledged with selection as captain of the Australian Men’s team for the 1996 World Open Men’s Championships, his last championships.
Having such qualifications, it was only natural for Laing to start coaching on his retirement in 1996. Laing was the assistant coach of the Aussie Colts U/19 Men’s team as well as instrumental in the development of the young players of Australia in the 2001 and 2005 World Champion teams. Both teams were undefeated in their campaigns for the world title, demonstrating Laing’s capability to play and coach at an extremely high level.
Laing has not only excelled in softball, but has a long and successful career in ice hockey as well. Laing played for the Canberra Knights in the Australian Ice Hockey League from 1987 to 2000, represented the ACT at the Goodall Men’s National Championships for a decade, and played in the ACT U/21 team at the National Championships. Again Laing showed his natural talent being appointed coach of the Canberra Knights while playing from 1997 to 2000, and the ACT Men’s team while playing in 1997. Laing achieved international status in 1997, playing on the Australian team until 2000.
Laing’s sporting career has been long and prosperous, as both a player and coach in both softball and ice hockey, and his achievements will continue to be highly regarded by the ACT sporting community.
SOFTBALL & ICE HOCKEY
Born: 3 April 1970