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Hooker named MVP at U17 National Championships
The Hooker family name continues to dominate WA sport
02/08/2018 10:35 PM ET
Gemma Hooker (left) after being named MVP at the U17 Girls National Softball Championships
Gemma Hooker (left) after being named MVP at the U17 Girls National Softball Championships (Norgan)

The Hooker name is synonymous with WA baseball, but is now in the spotlight for another sport.

Gemma Hooker, the eldest daughter of former Perth Heat legend Kevin Hooker, has been named MVP at the recent Under 17 Girls National Softball Championships in Blacktown.

Gemma was part of a WA side which finished in third-place, behind eventual winners NSW and runners-up Queensland.

Gemma, who plays at a first base, was also named to the All-Tournament team, alongside fellow West Australian teammates Brooke Clappinson (catcher) and Tamik Turner-Hames (third base).

"It was a team effort, when we're all on the diamond everything fell into place and we complemented each other," Gemma said.

"I put extra effort in before I went away and just focussed on playing."

Father Kevin, who had a successful career with the Perth Heat in the 1990's says is he incredibly proud of Gemma's achievements.

"She's put a lot of work in and it really paid dividends at the tournament," he said.

"It's a life lesson from a Dad to a daughter, it's good to see that when you put in the extra work it pays off in the end."

The former Philadelphia Phillies prospect is now a scout for the Detroit Tigers and says Gemma's younger sister Ivy, who also plays softball, is a great support.

"Ivy is a really good influence and help for Gemma. They will often go to the park together to pitch and catch or get extra batting practice in," he said.

"Ivy didn't make this squad, she was one of the last players cut."

"They choose to play softball, and the most pleasing thing is they are having fun and making a lot of friends."

Gemma now switches her focus towards making the WA Schoolgirls Team - a side she was part of in 2017.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.