Big hit for ex-addict

(Cape Town) – Kelly Thompson (17) from Retreat feels like she has been given another chance to bat in life by playing softball.

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The soft-spoken teenager believes she has been to hell and back, as life has dealt her a bad hand. But that has not pulled her down.

Now in her matric year, she says playing softball is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

“Softball is the best. It has pulled me out from the darkest and the deepest places. It makes me relax and I’m glad that by playing it with so much passion I can inspire other people,” she says.

Thompson has been selected for the national women’s softball team.

She says while in Grade 9 she joined the wrong crowd and became a drug addict.

“I became involved in gangsterism. It was the darkest point of my life. One thing that I have learnt or I felt whilst I was part of a gang is that the gang members make you feel at home. They treat you like family. Most people feel they cover that gap that has been left open by family members. However, that doesn’t last for long. If you don’t do the right thing you will always have that gap,” she says.

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