Women's Pan Am team named

* The 18 members of the women's baseball competition at the Pan Am Games at Ajax, Ont. on July 10-to-26 have been named. ....

Canadian Women’s Baseball Team Named For 2015 Pan Am Games
18 athletes chosen to represent Canada

TORONTO — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Baseball Canada have selected the 18 members of the Women’s National Baseball Team athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games from July 10-26 in Ajax, Ont. The final roster was determined following a selection camp held in Toronto May 10-16.

The Pan Am Games will be a historic event for the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team with women’s baseball being included on the sport program for the first time ever at a major multi-sport Games.

On the international stage, the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team has captured four medals (one silver, three bronze) in six world championship events since the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) introduced the Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2004.

The Canadian roster features two players who are original members of the Women’s National Baseball Team program from 2004:  Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) and Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, Ont.). Both players have competed in all six IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cups including the most recent in Myazaki, Japan in 2014.

The Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team will hold a training camp and compete in a six-game exhibition series from July 9 to 18 with stops in Québec City, Ottawa and Toronto leading up to the Pan American Games. The women’s baseball tournament will take place July 20-26.

Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with over 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With 2015 providing a “Home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will provide a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.

QUOTES
“Canada is excited to welcome women’s baseball to the Pan Am program. These women will make history as the first-ever Canadian Pan Am Games female baseball team and that honour is well-deserved. Congratulations to all of those who made it onto the team.”
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“What a truly amazing moment this is, I cannot wait for history to be made when our women take the diamond for the first time ever at a multi-sport Games. On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee and baseball fans across the country, I would like to congratulate all 18 team members who I know will do Canada proud this summer.”
Curt Harnett, TORONTO 2015 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“The opportunity to compete in the Pan Am Games coupled with the fact that the event will be played on home soil is both special and exciting for our Women’s National Baseball Team program.”
André Lachance, Manager, Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team

“It is an honour to be selected to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games. With women’s baseball being included on the Pan Am Games sport program for the first time, I feel privileged to be part of this historic event in our sport. Putting on the Canadian jersey in Ajax in July will be a dream come true and we look forward to putting on a great show for our fans and supporters.”
Ashley Stephenson, Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team

“Some of the top women’s baseball teams in the world will be competing at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Congratulations to the women who will take to the field and make history as they represent Canada in the first ever women’s baseball competition at a multi-sport games.”
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

Athletes
First    Last    Position    Hometown
Melissa    Armstrong    Saskatoon, Sask    Pitcher
Amanda    Asay    Prince George, BC    First Base/Pitcher
Jessica     Bérubé    Québec, Que.    Pitcher
Niki    Boyd    Surrey, BC    Outfield
Claire    Eccles    Surrey, BC    Pitcher
Jenna    Flannigan    Cornwall, Ont.    Outfield
Becky    Hartley    White Rock, BC    Outfield
Jennifer    Gilroy    Mississauga, Ont.    Catcher
Kelsey    Lalor    Red Deer, Alta.    Outfield
Nicole     Luchanski    Edmonton, Alta.    Second Base
Ella    Matteucci    Fruitvale, BC    Outfield
Autumn     Mills    Burlington, Ont.    Pitcher
Heidi    Northcott    Rocky Mountain House, Alta.    Pitcher
Kate    Psota    Burlington, Ont.    First Base
Stéphanie    Savoie    Drummondville, Que.    Catcher
Ashley    Stephenson    Mississauga, Ont.    Third Base
Vanessa    Riopel    Repentigny, Que.    Pitcher
Bradi    Wall    Swift Current, Sask    Shortstop

Staff: 
Position    First    Last    Hometown
Coach    Sheen     Bromley    Edmonton, ON
Coach    Christian    Chenard    Lévis, QC
Team Leader    Penny    Fitzsimmons    Saskatoon, SK
Therapist    Raymonde    Fortin    Montréal, QC
Manager    André    Lachance    Québec, QC
Coach    Jean-François    Lacroix    Montréal, QC
Coach    Sam    Magalas    Burlington, ON
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Pan American Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations towards the end of June 2015.

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.