It's a great time to be involved with pinball with the resurgence of the hobby over the last few years. New players are finding the love of the silver ball, and so is a wider and more diverse group of players, young and old, male and female, it's an exciting expansion on the wonderful pinball community.
What better time to celebrate the growth of pinball than International Women's Day! Over time we are seeing more and more women and girls joining the hobby, playing in competitions and enriching the experience for everyone with fresh perspectives and killer skills.
Today and for the rest of the week, the Welcome page will feature female players exclusively. We also of course can't go without mentioning the successes of two of the female players in the recent 2016 Pinball HQ Marathon, pictured here with their winnings, Naiomi Goodwin (AUS rank 47th) winning the highest finishing female player, and Mia De Riz (AUS rank 320th) winning the highest qualifying player under 15 years of age. Both of these great competitors have been playing for a number of years, with notable results including Naiomi taking 3rd place in the 2014 Australian Pinball Expo Championship (which until just recently was the largest and most difficult competition ever held in Australia), and with Mia taking 11th place in the 2014 Supanova NSW State Final (and knocking me out of the competition to boot!).
An Australian Women's Pinball Championship has been talked about for a little while now. Let's hope this great initiative gets off the ground very soon - the players are ready!