Baseball Canada announces 2014 Women’s National Team

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Aug 18,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA-Baseball Canada announced today the twenty players that will represent Canada
at the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan from September 1-7.

The team was originally revealed last night in Surrey, BC following the conclusion
of the Senior Women Invitational gold medal game where Alberta defeated Ontario by a
score of 6-2.

“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
Japan.”

The roster features Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, ON) and Kate Psota (Burlington,
ON) who will each be playing in their sixth World Cup, as they are both original
members of the first Women’s National Team back in 2004.

Women’s National Team Roster Highlights:

-The veteran club returns 14 players (Armstrong, Asay, Boyd, Cornelssen, Gilroy,
Luchanski, Martensen, Mills, Northcott, Psota, Riopel, Savoie, Stephenson and Wall)
who won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 IBAF Women’s World Cup in Edmonton.

-Five players (Carr, Eccles, Healey, Lalor, Matteucci) named to the squad will be
participating in their first IBAF Women’s World Cup, while Cindy Saavedra played in
the 2010 IBAF Women’s World Cup in Venezuela.

-Breakdown by Province (BC-4; Alberta-4; Saskatchewan-2; Ontario-7; Québec-2;
Newfoundland & Labrador-1)

-The coaching staff features Manager André Lachance (Ottawa, ON) who returns for his
sixth consecutive World Cup. Coach Sean O’Brien (Barrie, ON) along with former
National Team players turned coaches Patricia Landry (St-Étiene-des-Grés, QC) and
Samantha Magalas (Burlington, ON) all return to the staff for their second World
Cup, while Pitching Coach Christian Chenard (Lévis, QC) will make his World Cup
debut

-Penny Fitzsimmons will return to her familiar role as Business Manager along with
Equipment Manager Vincent Turpin, while Athletic Therapist Marie Claude Fournier and
Press Officer Alexis Brudnicki will participate with the Women’s National Team
program for the first time.

An impressive list of former big leaguers will make appearances during training camp
in Surrey to lend a hand, as Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will join the
team on August 20th, while former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Shawn Green will attend
the workout on August 19th. New Westminster, BC native, Aaron Myette, a former big
leaguer and Canadian National Team member, will be with the team as a guest coach
for the duration of camp in Surrey.

Team Canada will hold daily practices beginning tomorrow until August 21st before
travelling to Japan on August 22nd. The team will partake in a four-game exhibition
series in Japan before opening the World Cup on September 1st against the
Netherlands.

Canada has won four medals (1 silver, 3 bronze) all-time in five Women’s World Cup
events with the most recent, a bronze, in 2012.

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