Softball Canada Announces 2018 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

Softball Canada Announces 2018 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

5 September 2017 Gilles LeBlanc

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Ottawa, Ont. - Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of forty (40) athletes who have been named to the 2018 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool. The coaching staff will select up to thirty (30) athletes from the Athlete Pool to attend a Women’s National Team Selection Camp in January, 2018.
 
The Women’s National Team competed in a series of events in 2017, including a pair of bronze medal performances at the US World Cup of Softball XII and the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship. The team also competed at the Canada Cup and Japan Cup.
 
“Year one of the quadrennial leading up to the Olympic Games provided us a lot of valuable information” stated Mark Smith, Head Coach of the Women’s National Team and Softball Canada’s High Performance Director. “The next step is to identify the athletes who are committed to doing what it will take to win in 2018 and beyond and the January Selection Camp will provide them with that opportunity.”
 
The marquee event of the 2018 season will be the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship that will be held in Chiba, Japan in August, with Team Canada competing in other events leading up to the tournament including the Canada Cup from July 17-23 in Surrey, B.C.

The athletes who have been named to the 2018 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool are:

First Name Last Name Hometown
Emily Allard Antioch, Calif.
Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage Fort McMurray, Alta.
Lauren Bay Regula Trail, B.C.
Sierra Bertrand Stirling, Ont.
Kara Bilodeau Cumming, Ga.
Kristen Brown Levittown, N.Y.
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Jocelyn Cater Delta, B.C.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C.
Emma Entzminger Victoria, B.C.
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Kenzie Friesen Saskatoon, Sask.
Courtney Gilbert Delhi, Ont.
Jennifer Gilbert Saskatoon, Sask.
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont.
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta.
Amanda Janes Brampton, Ont.
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C.
Rebecca Jones Toronto, Ont.
Danielle Lawrie Langley, B.C.
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont.
Taylor Lundrigan Abbotsford, B.C.
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont.
Grace Messmer Surrey, B.C.
Becki Monaghan Spruce Grove, Alta.
Maria Palmegiani Surrey, B.C.
Callum Pilgrim Abbotsford, B.C.
Sara Plourde Baker Lake, N.B.
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont.
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont.
Nicole Rivait Oakville, Ont.
Victoria Rumph Mount Forest, Ont.
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Nicole Schroeder Yorba Linda, Calif.
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C.
Allyse Volpe Toronto, Ont.
Carey-Leigh Vyse Ohsweken, Ont.
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont.
Jen Yee North Delta, B.C.

Athletes named to the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool are eligible to be invited to Women’s National Team training, development and selection camps. Athletes may be added or removed from the National Team Athlete Pool at any time at the Head Coach’s discretion.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca