SWITCH HITTER: Robert Reeves has swapped his beach vollyeball for his baseball gear with both Reeves and Ipswich Musketeers enjoying the benefits.
SWITCH HITTER: Robert Reeves has swapped his beach vollyeball for his baseball gear with both Reeves and Ipswich Musketeers enjoying the benefits. Sarah Harvey/ Ipswich Queensland Times

Reeves returns to his first love

WHEN it came to choosing a life or chasing a distant sporting dream, Robert Reeves had to make a tough call.

The Yamanto 19-year-old represented Australia at the Youth Olympics in Sydney in January, collecting a bronze medal.

He was then chosen in the national squad to contest the junior beach volleyball world championships at London in June.

But it would have required about $6000 of his own money plus lots of time spent at the Australian Institute of Sport training camp in Adelaide.

Beyond that the AIS were talking about plans until 2016, for which he was expected to sacrifice any future career plans and the life of a normal young man.

“I decided I didn't really want to do it,” Reeves said.

“I decided to go to uni instead.

“Just paying for it was getting too hard.

“Then there's not being able to get a job or study in order to plan to train for seven years to play.

“It was not the best outlook.

“There is nothing to go to if you get an injury.”

Reeves is now studying business at the University of Queensland and enjoying the lifestyle that goes with it.

Building some security is one upside of giving up volleyball.

Resuming his first sporting love - baseball, is another.

At 13, Reeves was good enough to earn a three-and-a-half month scholarship in Japan

At 16, he had to choose between volleyball and baseball.

“Volleyball was new to me and I was enjoying it so I went with it,” he said.

Reeves has been among the Ipswich Musketeers' best this season in the Greater Brisbane Baseball League A grade competition, with the bat, in the field and as a relief pitcher.

The ease with which he has slotted back into his old sport, having not touched a bat or ball for three years, has surprised even him.

“It's gone pretty well actually,” he said. “I thought it would take a lot longer to get back some form.”

There have already been whispers indicating selectors are looking at him for a Queensland Claxton Shield spot.

He is not holding his breath though.

“If not this season maybe next,” he said.

“I'm happy just playing for the Muskies and being a uni student. I'm just playing now because I'm loving it.”



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