The Caesar Softball Team welcomed a new face to their team in the 2021 Taiwan Professional Women’s Softball League (TPWSL, 企業女子壘球聯賽).
Known for her abilities as a “two-way player,” Lisa Banse traveled from Italy to Taiwan to participate in the games this year.
At age 38, she would likely have the opportunity to be selected into Italy’s national team for the Tokyo Olympics.
At the same time, she will also have the opportunity to help her team win the final championship.
Lisa Banse has a rich experience in terms of softball; she has been selected to the All-Star Team twice in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and was crowned the Big Ten “Pitcher of the Year” in 2003.
Lisa also shared how she balances the identity of being a wife, mother and athlete with her husband, Andy, who also has a career in sports.
“My children started running on the playground very early; playing baseball, softball, American football, etc. They are used to their father going away to train for a competition and their mother going to participate in games, ” Banse said.
Banse, who is also a fitness instructor and yoga master in the United States, said: “The first time I practiced, I felt the vitality of the team. I like Taiwan very much. The people here are very kind, which surprised me. ”
Seeing these young players, Banse added that it reminded her of her previous experience coaching young players in the United States.
She believes she is ready to compete and win with her teammates in Taiwan.
Banse also acknowledes her relatively older age, but revealed she is still willing to participate in the Olympics on behalf of her country.
“Although I don’t know if I can enter the final, because it will be announced very late, I will play in another country in Asia first, as the highly competitive environment here allows me to adjust to my best state, ” she said.