Ryan benefits from his "awesome" Chinese trip
RYAN McMahon has returned from an eye-opening cultural and sporting experience.
His Queensland under-13 team took on some of China and Taipan's finest in a tournament in China.
There the 13-year-old pitcher was happy with his pitching and hitting form. But he was amazed by the ability of the Chinese and Taiwanese in particular.
They may be small but they play with a vengeance.
"The whole thing was awesome," Ryan said.
Ryan got to play on an astroturf stadium.
If the surrounds and baseball were impressive, the thing that amazed Ryan most outside of the sport was the Beijing traffic.
The amount of cars, the lack of road rules and the accepted fashion for crossing the street, that is. "You walk across the road whenever you want to," Ryan said.
Ryan's team had two wins, a draw and three losses from its six matches, which was the best result in three years for the Queensland team on the annual tour.
It was the first time the West Moreton Anglican College grade eight student had represented Queensland but he's keen for more of the same.
The big goal for the coming season is to make the Queensland under-14 team to contest national titles. The team will be selected after state titles at Redlands next week.
"I'm a chance as a shadow player maybe," said Ryan, who has played for the Ipswich Musketeers since he was five years old.
To get there he reckons he'll have to "keep my attitude good."
"Especially when the coach is dad."