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Softball Canada – (Santo Domingo, D.R.) The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team is set to compete at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic over the next week (August 4-13). Team Canada will start the event with a game against the Bahamas at 12:00pm EDT today.

The event will feature a total of eighteen teams from the WBSC Americas region, divided into two sections of nine teams. Canada’s section includes the Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guyana, Mexico and Panama.

This event will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Japan and the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, with the Top 5 teams earning berths to those events.

The athletes who will represent Team Canada at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship are:



First Name Last Name Hometown
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C. 
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C. 
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont. 
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta. 
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C. 
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont. 
Sara Plourde Lac Baker, N.B. 
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont. 
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, 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.
Strength & Conditioning Lead Scott Willgress Halifax, N.S.
Team Leader Megan Timpf Port Dover, Ont.


First Name Last Name Hometown
Sandra Allan Fredericton, N.B.


Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
August 4 Canada vs. Bahamas 12:00pm EDT Stream
August 5 Canada vs. British Virgin Islands 4:00pm EDT Stream
  Canada vs. Mexico 6:30pm EDT Stream
August 6 Canada vs. Guyana 11:00am EDT Stream
August 7 Canada vs. Brazil 1:30pm EDT Stream
August 8 Canada vs. Argentina 8:30pm EDT Stream
August 9 Canada vs. Cuba 6:30pm EDT Stream
August 10 Canada vs. Panama 6:30pm EDT Stream
August 11 Playoff Round TBD Stream
August 12 Playoff Round TBD Stream
August 13 Medal Round TBD Stream

Live webstreaming is available is avilable at


For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
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