24 athletes chosen to represent Canada
TORONTO (June 17, 2015) – On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Baseball Canada announced the 24 Men’s National Baseball Team athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 in Ajax, Ontario.
The Canadian roster features eight players from the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games gold medal team including: Andrew Albers, Shawn Hill, Brock Kjeldgaard, Kyle Lotzkar, Dustin Molleken, Chris Robinson, Tim Smith and Skyler Stromsmoe.
The Canadian Men’s National Baseball Team is coming off a gold medal performance at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara after defeating the United States 2-1 in the deciding game. Prior to 2011, Canada last competed in the baseball competition at the Pan Am Games in 1999 when the event was held in Winnipeg and came away with a bronze medal. Other countries that have qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games are Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United States.
The men’s baseball competition will take place July 11-19 at the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.
The Canadian Men’s National Baseball Team will compete at the Americas Baseball Festival July 5-8 in Cary, North Carolina leading up to the Pan American Games.
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 TORONTO 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.
“Our men’s baseball team will head into these Games defending their gold medal from Guadalajara and I have full confidence they have what it takes to achieve victory again. Congratulations to the team who made it today – Canada is so proud of you.”
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“Canada’s baseball players have a reputation of always bringing their A-game and I have no doubt that these men will do just that. Congratulations to the athletes named to the team today, Canada will be behind you as you try to repeat as Pan Am Games champions.”
Curt Harnett, TORONTO 2015 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“We are excited about our group for the 2015 Pan Am Games and look forward to representing Canada in front of our own fans. It is an honour anytime you get to wear the Maple Leaf, and with the Games taking place on home soil it will truly be special.”
Ernie Whitt, Manager, Canadian Men’s National Baseball Team
“I am extremely honoured to represent Team Canada this year at the Pan American Games in Toronto. International baseball is always intense and with the Games taking place at home, in front of our own fans, the atmosphere will be electric at the ballpark.”
Shawn Hill, Men’s National Team Member
The Canadian Men’s National Baseball team that will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games includes:
|Pitcher||Andrew||Albers||North Battleford, SK|
|Pitcher||Shane||Dawson||Drayton Valley, AB|
|Outfielder||Tyler||O’Neill||Maple Ridge, BC|
|Infielder||Skyler||Stromsmoe||Bow Island, AB|
|Outfielder||Rene||Tosoni||Port Coquitlam, BC|
|Coach||Paul||Quantrill||Port Hope, ON|
|Equipment Manager||Keith||Sanford||Windsor, ON|
|Team Leader||Bernie||Soulliere||Windsor, ON|
|Coach||Larry||Walker||Maple Ridge, BC|
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.