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Softball Canada – (Oklahoma City, OK) The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team is set to compete at the US World Cup of Softball XII in Oklahoma City, Okla. this week (July 5-9). Team Canada will start the event with a doubleheader, facing top-ranked Japan at 11:00am CDT followed by the USA Junior Women’s National Team at 1:30pm CDT.
The event will feature a total of eight teams, including the top four countries from the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Women’s Softball World Rankings – No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Australia. Also competing will be No. 7 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Mexico, No. 17 Philippines and the USA Junior Women’s National Team. The teams will play a full round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to the Gold medal game and other teams paired up for placement games.
Team Canada is coming off a bronze medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship held last year in Surrey, B.C. The team held a selection camp that wrapped up last week and played a set of three exhibition games against the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League.
Following the completion of the US World Cup of Softball XII, Team Canada will travel to Surrey, BC to compete at the Canada Cup International Softball Championship from July 11-17, which will feature 15 teams – including both Canada’s Women’s Elite team and Junior Women’s National Team.  
The athletes who will represent Team Canada at the US World Cup of Softball XII are:



First Name Last Name Hometown
Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage Fort McMurray, Alta.
Kara Bilodeau Cumming, Ga.
Jocelyn Cater Delta, B.C.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C. 
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C 
Courtney Gilbert Delhi, Ont.
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. 
Nicole Rivait Oakville, 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
Geneviève Gaudreau La Prairie, Que.
Aaron Poulin Hope, B.C.

Team Canada Schedule


Date Game Time Media
July 5 Canada vs. Japan 11:00am CDT Stream | Stats
  Canada vs. USA JWNT  1:30pm CDT Stream | Stats
July 6 Canada vs. Philippines 2:30pm CDT Stream | Stats
  Canada vs. United States 6:00pm CDT Stream | Stats
July 7 Canada vs. Mexico 10:30am CDT Stream | Stats
  Canada vs. Puerto Rico 1:30pm CDT Stream | Stats
July 8 Canada vs. Australia 3:30pm CDT Stream | Stats
July 9 Placement Games TBD Stream | Stats


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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