Softball Canada Names 2023 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

Softball Canada Names 2023 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

13 March 2023 Emma Lindblad

Ottawa, Ont.  Softball Canada is pleased to announce twenty-two (22) athletes who have been named to the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool for the 2023 season. The list was put together by the coaching staff consisting of head coach Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, Ont.) and assistant coaches Chris Jones (Oshawa, Ont.) and Jenn Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.). Team Canada had a successful 2022 season, winning the silver medal at the WBSC Americas Pan American Championship, which secured the team a spot in Group C of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage and the 2023 Pan American Games. 
As per the Women’s National Team Selection Criteria, 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 and international events. This year’s major events include the Canada Cup (July 10-16 in Surrey, B.C.), the WBSC World Cup Group Stage (July 22-26 in Italy), and the 2023 Pan American Games (October 30 to November 4 in Santiago, Chile). The full competition schedule will be announced at a later date.
For athletes not named to the athlete pool, open ID Camps will be held for the Women’s National Team in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, & Ontario beginning in May. Athletes identified at these camps will be eligible to be invited to the Final Selection Camp. Click here for registration information.

Athletes may be added or removed from the National Team Athlete Pool at any time at the coaching staff’s discretion.

Ruby Anderson Victoria, B.C.
Lauren Benson Surrey, B.C.
Dawn Bodrug Georgetown, Ont.
Jorde  Chartrand Weyburn, Sask,
Emma Dorval Surrey, B.C.
Emma Entzminger Victoria, B.C.
Alysen Febrey Stillwater, Okla.
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Sara Groenewegen Langley, B.C.
Kelsey Harshman  Delta, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont.
Kianna Jones Surrey, B.C.
Kelsey Lalor Red Deer, Alta.
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont. 
Madelyn McKinnon Surrey, B.C.
Grace Messmer Surrey, B.C.
Callum Pilgrim Abbotsford, B.C.
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont.
Morgan Rackel Calgary, Alta.
Samantha Ryan Monroe, N.Y.
Nicola Simpson Seattle, Wash.
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont.


Head Coach Kaleigh Rafter  Guelph, Ont.
Assistant Coach Chris Jones Oshawa, Ont.
Assistant Coach Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Athletic Therapist Natalie Ghobrial Toronto, Ont.
Team Leader Joey Lye Toronto, Ont.
Manager Angela Ballantyne Ottawa, Ont.
Pool Coach Lonni Alameda Tallahassee, Fla.
Pool Coach Melissa Finley London, Ont.
Pool Coach Keith Mackintosh Melfort, Sask.