2018 Women’s National Team Final Selection Camp Invitees

2018 Women’s National Team Final Selection Camp Invitees

12 January 2018 Gilles LeBlanc

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Ottawa, Ont. – Softball Canada is very pleased to announce the list of twenty-two (22) athletes who will advance to the second phase of the Women’s National Team selection process following a preliminary Selection Camp held in Fort Myers, Fla. last week. The final Selection Camp will take place from May 30th to June 10th in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

“The first phase of the selection process proved to be extremely competitive with our overall depth having improved significantly” stated Mark Smith, Softball Canada’s High-Performance Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach. “It is clear that the athletes are taking their preparation seriously. Congratulations to those who have advanced. The next phase will determine our final roster for the 2018 WSBC Women’s Softball World Championship.”

In 2018, Team Canada will compete at various events including the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif. and the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C. in preparation for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship that will take place August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan.

The athletes who will continue to the second phase of the selection process are:

Kara Bilodeau Cumming, Ga.
Kristen Brown Levittown, N.Y.
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Emma Entzminger Victoria, B.C.
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Kenzie Friesen Saskatoon, Sask.
Jennifer Gilbert Saskatoon, Sask.
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont.
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta.
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C.
Danielle Lawrie Langley, B.C.
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont.
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont.
Sara Plourde Baker Lake, N.B.
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont.
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont.
Victoria Rumph Mount Forest, Ont.
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Nicole Schroeder Yorba Linda, Calif.
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C.
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont.


Head Coach Mark Smith Falmouth, N.S.
Assistant Coach/Manager Melissa Basilio Oshawa, Ont.
Assistant Coach Russell Cooper Tahiti Bay, NZL
Assistant Coach Dave Paetkau Abbotsford, B.C.
Performance Analyst Glenn Boles St. Catharines, Ont.
Performance Analyst Hubie Basilio Oshawa, Ont.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Willgress Halifax, N.S.
Mental Performance Coach Lauren Tashman Pennington, N.J.
Team Leader / Pool Coach Melissa Finley London, Ont.