Softball Canada Announces Junior Women’s National Team Athlete Pool

December 18, 2009

Ottawa, ON

Friday December 18th, 2009
Softball Canada Announces Junior Women’s National Team Athlete Pool
(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to release the list of players who have been selected to the Junior Women’s National Team Athlete Pool for the 2010 season. These players will attend a Selection Camp early in the Summer of 2010 (location and dates to be determined).
From this pool, seventeen (17) junior athletes will be chosen to represent Canada at a Pan American Qualifier in Bogota, Colombia from August 9th - 15th, 2010. The top five countries from this tournament will qualify for the 2011 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa in December, 2011.
The players listed in the pool and who will be selected to represent Canada at the Pan American Qualifier in 2010 will not necessarily be included on the 2011 team that will compete in South Africa. In 2011, Softball Canada will hold regional Evaluation Camps for players not selected in 2010 and an open Selection Camp will then be held to establish the 17 players who will go on to compete at the 2011 ISF World Championship.
The athletes who have been selected for the 2010 Junior Women’s National Team Athlete Pool are:
1.           Jaycee Affeldt (Maple Ridge, BC)
2.           Brigitte Aizprua (Terrebonne, QC)
3.           Natalie Becker (Waterloo, ON)
4.           Katelyn Bedwell (Surrey, BC)
5.           Corrine Brookhuis (Toronto, ON)
6.           Tarah Ettinger (Halifax, NS)
7.           Stephanie Gallant (Ajax, ON)
8.           Morgan Garman (Saskatoon, SK)
9.           Samantha Gartner (Macklin, SK)
10.        Jennifer Gilbert (Saskatoon, SK)
11.        Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON)
12.        Jessica Hitchcock (Lasalle, ON)
13.        Olivia Hornstein (Surrey, BC)
14.        Karissa Hovinga (Omaha, Nebraska)
15.        Tessa Loewen (Abbotsford, BC)
16.        Kristy Noble (Uxbridge, ON)
17.        Samantha Olexa (Delta, BC)
18.        Jacqueline Omichinski (Abbotsford, BC)
19.        Erica Polidori (Brantford, ON)
20.        Madison Schreyer (Winnipeg, MB)
21.        Taylor Studler (Grosse Isle, MB)
22.        Natasha Szlapetis (Brampton, ON)
23.        Logan White (Brantford, ON)
24.        Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, ON)
25.        Shanna Wilson (Peterborough, ON)
Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Tony Foti (Winnipeg, MB)
Assistant Coach: Shan McDonald (Scarborough, ON)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Boles (St. Catharines, ON)
Assistant Coach: Alison Bradley (Pinkerton, ON)
“This group of athletes is just the next step in the identification and development of the top youth athletes Softball Canada has” stated Junior Women’s National Team Head Coach Tony Foti. “This is a four-year process, beginning with two years of evaluations and camps, the 2009 U16 World Championships, the 2010 World Qualifier and ultimately the 2011 World Championships in South Africa. As a staff we are extremely excited with the quality of athletes we have in Canada, and believe we have initiated a process in which we can identify and develop future Senior National Team players at an earlier date and for a longer period of time.”
The Junior Women’s National Team coaching staff reserves the right to add or remove players from the Athlete Pool at any time.
For more information, please contact:
Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing and Communications
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 x. 3105

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