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Softball Canada – Takasaki City, Japan – The Canadian Women’s National Team has completed a series of exhibition games and will now compete in the Japan Cup August 25-27. The event features the top four teams from the WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings, including No. 1 Japan, No. 2 United States, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 Australia.
 
Team Canada will begin the Japan Cup with games against the United States and Japan on August 25, followed by Australia on August 26 to wrap up the preliminary round schedule. Matchups on August 27 will feature a game between the third and fourth place finishers, followed by the Championship game between the first and second place teams.
 
Canada is coming off a bronze medal finish at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last week.
 
The athletes who will be representing Team Canada at the Japan Cup are:

Athletes

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Brianna

Aguilar-Beaucage

Fort McMurray, Alta.

Sierra

Bertrand

Stirling, Ont.

Sarah

Chow

Victoria, B.C. 

Larissa

Franklin

Maple Ridge, B.C, 

Kenzie

Friesen

Saskatoon, Sask.

Victoria

Hayward

Toronto, Ont. 

Karissa

Hovinga

Edmonton, Alta. 

Kelsey

Jenkins

Delta, 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. 

Holly

Speers

Surrey, B.C. 

Carey-Leigh

Vyse

Ohsweken, Ont. 

Natalie

Wideman

Mississauga, Ont. 

Coaching Staff

Position

Name

Hometown

Head Coach

Mark Smith

Falmouth, N.S.

Assistant Coach

Melissa Basilio

Pickering, Ont.

Assistant Coach

Russell Cooper

Tahiti Bay, NZL

Assistant Coach

Dave Paetkau

Abbotsford, B.C.

Performance Analysis

Hubie Basilio

North York, Ont

Mental Performance Coach

Lauren Tashman

Pennington, N.J.

Physiotherapist

Laurie Freebairn

Maple Ridge, B.C.

Umpire

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Frankie

Billingsley

Sherwood Park, Alta.

Team Canada Schedule

Date

Game

Time

Media

August 25

Canada vs. United States

12:00pm JST

Website

 

Canada vs. Japan

6:30pm JST

Website

August 26

Canada vs. Australia

5:00pm JST

Website

August 27

3rd Place vs. 4th Place

2:30pm JST

Website

 

1st Place vs. 2nd Place

5:30pm JST

Website

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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