Heather Brinkmeier, a 2009 graduate of Port St. Joe High School, was invited to Sydney, Australia in July to compete in the Down Under Cup Challenge as part of the Australia International Softball Challenge.
Each year, the challenge, hosted by USA Athletes International, brings together the nation’s best athletes to compete against players from Australia, Italy and Prague.
The daughter of Steve and Christine, Brinkmeier was recommended to the team by her former coaches as well as those from opposing teams. Candidates also had to be in good academic standing.
After high school, Brinkmeier continued to play softball through college with Team North Florida, the Panama City Lightning, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and Florida Southern College.