Canuck women set for Worlds
* Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) left and Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, Que.) are ready to lead Canada in the Women’s World Cup in Edmonton Aug. 10-19 ….
By Adam Morrissette
OTTAWA — Baseball Canada has the 20 players set to represent Canada at the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton Aug. 10th-19th.
The team was announced in Spruce Grove, Alta. at the conclusion of the Senior Women Invitational gold medal game where Ontario defeated BC by a score of 11-0.
“The coaching staff is very pleased with the make-up of our roster,” said National Team Manager André Lachance. “The fact that we have many players with World Cup experience combined with some talented newcomers will bode well for our team in Edmonton.”
The roster is headlined by Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, Ont.) and Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) who will each be playing in their fifth World Cup as they are original members of the first Women’s National Team back in 2004.
Women’s National Team Roster Highlights:
- The veteran club returns 12 players: Melissa Armstrong (Saskatoon, Sask.), Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC), Jessica Bérubé (Quebec City, Que.), Meagen Cornelssen (Grand Prairie, Alta.), Jennifer Gilroy (Mississauga, Ont.), Rebecca Hartley (Mississauga, Ont.), Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.), Autumn Mills (London, Ont.), Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, Que.), Stéphanie Savoie (La Pocatière, Que.), Psota and Stephenson from the 2010 World Cup team that finished fifth when the event took place in Venezuela.
- Eight players: Nikki Boyd (Whalley, BC), Britany Chan (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Jenna Flannigan (Cornwall, Ont.), Hannah Martensen (Otttawa, Ont., Brinley McLaren (Brantford, Ont.), Heidi Northcott (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.), Tera Sliwkanich (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.), Brady Wall (Swift Current, Sask.) named to the squad will be participating in their first IBAF Women’s World Cup.
- The breakdown by Province: BC-3; Alberta-4; Saskatchewan-2; Ontario-8; Québec-3)
The coaching staff is led by Manager André Lachance (Ottawa, Ont.) who returns for his fifth consecutive World Cup along with long-time pitching coach Jean-Francois Lacroix (Montréal, Que.). coach Sean O’Brien (Barrie, Ont.) along with former National Team players turned coaches Patricia Landry (St-Étiene-des-Grés, Que.) and Samantha Magalas (Burlington, Ont.) will all be coaching in their first World Cup.
Team Canada will hold daily practices in St. Albert, Alta. beginning July 30th before kicking-off a six-game exhibition series on Aug. 2 where they will play local Alberta Midget teams.
On Aug. 10 at TELUS Field in Edmonton, Team Canada will open the World Cup against Chinese Taipei at 8:30 pm local time.
Team Canada has been successful throughout the history of the IBAF Women’s World Cup as they claimed bronze at the 2004 and 2006 events, silver in 2008 and finished fifth in 2010.
All media inquiries can be directed towards Adam Morissette, Media/PR Coordinator with Baseball Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 613-748-5606 ext.221