Softball Canada names preliminary rosters for 2020 season

Softball Canada names preliminary rosters for 2020 season
28/11/2019
“A lot of hard work went into preparing for the 2019 season, however, the next eight months will define how we will be remembered in Canadian softball history,” said Mark Smith, Women’s National Team Head Coach.

Softball Canada has announced the lists of athletes for the Women and Men’s National Teams in 2020. The Women’s National Team will try to win their first-ever Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020. The Men’s team will be focused on the Pan American Championship, which is a qualifier for the WBSC Softball World Cup 2021.

Canada Women’s National Team

A total of 21 athletes have been named to the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool for the 2020 season. These athletes are currently training full time and will compete at various events leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The list includes the 15 players that earned the Olympic berth at the WBSC Americas Softball Qualifier.

“It is nice to have the Olympic qualification behind us and to be able to shift our focus to prepare for the Olympic Games” stated Mark Smith, Softball Canada’s High Performance Director and Head Coach of the Women’s National Team program. “A lot of hard work went into preparing for the 2019 season, however, the next eight months will define how we will be remembered in Canadian softball history.”

Canada had a very successful 2019 season, winning the gold medal at the Canada Cup, the silver medal at the Pan American Games, in addition to qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Canada Men’s National Team

Canada also unveiled the list of 44 athletes who have been named to its 2020 Men’s National Team Athlete Pool.

The Athlete Pool includes 15 players from the 2019 World Championship Team, and eight new members to the Athlete Pool.

The Canadian Men’s National Team won a bronze medal at the 2019 WBSC World Championship this summer in the Czech Republic.

Their focus in 2020 will be on the WBSC Americas Men’s Pan American Championship, which will act as a qualifier the 2021 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup - due take place in Auckland, New Zealand.