World No. 14 Great Britain revealed today its preliminary roster for the Women’s Softball National Teams for the 2019 season. The announcement was made today, 8 March, by the British Softball Federation to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
The British Women’s Softball National Team will face a crucial summer this year, aiming to qualify to the Olympic Games for the first time in history. Head Coach Rachael Watkeys and her staff have announced a preliminary list of 25 athletes.
A final selection of the players who will compete at the European Women’s Championship in Czech Republic and Poland, from 30 June to 6 July, will be made by a selection panel in April and announced shortly thereafter.
The top six teams in the European Championship, along with the two best African squads, will advance to the Europe/Africa Softball Olympic Qualifier, to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 23-27 July. Only the winner of this tournament will go to Tokyo 2020.
You can find more information and the complete roster here.
At the same time, the British Softball Federation named 22 players for the U-22 Women’s Softball National Team. The team, created in 2018 with a mission to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play, will be travelling to play in the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia from 8-14 July. The U-22 Women’s European Championship will be played in 2021 in Kunovice, Czech Republic.
See the roster here.
GB Softball celebrates International Women’s Day by revealing the long lists for the GB Women’s Fastpitch Team and Under-22 Women’s Fastpitch Team. Find out more about those representing their country:
GB Women: https://t.co/mrMvDvLsZB
Under-22: https://t.co/jFpb29Lep7 pic.twitter.com/RAkNgmrQeg
— BaseballSoftballUK (@bsuk) 8 de marzo de 2019