Canadian Women’s Softball Team Set to Compete at Japan Cup

Published by Gilles LeBlanc

Published on August 23, 2017

Takasaki City, Japan - The Canadian Women’s National Team has completed a series of exhibition games and will now compete in the Japan Cup August 25-27. The event features the top four teams from the WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings, including No. 1 Japan, No. 2 United States, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 Australia.

Team Canada will begin the Japan Cup with games against the United States and Japan on August 25, followed by Australia on August 26 to wrap up the preliminary round schedule. Matchups on August 27 will feature a game between the third and fourth place finishers, followed by the Championship game between the first and second place teams.

Canada is coming off a bronze medal finish at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last week.

The athletes who will be representing Team Canada at the Japan Cup are:


First Name Last Name Hometown
Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage Fort McMurray, Alta.
Sierra Bertrand Stirling, Ont.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C. 
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C, 
Kenzie Friesen Saskatoon, Sask.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont. 
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta. 
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C. 
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont.
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont. 
Sara Plourde Baker Lake, N.B. 
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont. 
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont. 
Victoria Rumph Mount Forest, Ont.
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C. 
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C. 
Carey-Leigh Vyse Ohsweken, Ont. 
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont. 

Coaching Staff

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Mark Smith Falmouth, N.S.
Assistant Coach Melissa Basilio Pickering, Ont.
Assistant Coach Russell Cooper Tahiti Bay, NZL
Assistant Coach Dave Paetkau Abbotsford, B.C.
Performance Analysis Hubie Basilio North York, Ont
Mental Performance Coach Lauren Tashman Pennington, N.J.
Physiotherapist Laurie Freebairn Maple Ridge, B.C.


First Name Last Name Hometown
Frankie Billingsley Sherwood Park, Alta.

Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
August 25 Canada vs. United States 12:00pm JST Website
  Canada vs. Japan 6:30pm JST Website
August 26 Canada vs. Australia 5:00pm JST Website
August 27 3rd Place vs. 4th Place 2:30pm JST Website
  1st Place vs. 2nd Place 5:30pm JST Website


For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
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