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SOFTBALL CITY K CLOVERDALE ATHLETIC PARK SUNNYSIDE PARK

JULY 9-17, 2011

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Don’t miss any of the action at this year’s 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, July 9-17 by Kolby Solinsky

BLACK PRESS

TARTING JULY 9,

will be top-ranked and 2010

Richmond Islanders, Ridge

Rock Renegades face-off with the

the Lower Mainland

ISF Women’s World Champion

Meadows Pride, South Delta

California As. The third-place and

will be treated to nine

Team USA, Team Japan, Team

Invaders, Strawberry Vale

first-place games will be played

days of home runs,

Venezuela and Team Australia.

Stealth, Surrey Storm and

on Saturday, July 17 at 1:30 and

Victoria Devils.

6:30 p.m., respectively.

close tags and rally caps, as

Canada won the Bronze medal

the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian

at last year’s ISF Women’s World

Open Fastpitch International

Championships. “(We) are pleased that Surrey

From elsewhere in Canada,

On top of what will happen on

Surrey will be joined by clubs

the diamond, all in attendance

from Alberta and Saskatchewan,

will be treated to some special

softball stars from British

has the opportunity to welcome

as well as American clubs from

events during the festivities.

Columbia and the globe.

the world’s top fastpitch teams

Alaska, Arizona, California and

to this tournament,” said Bal

Hawaii.

Championship welcomes women

The championship runs until

Visit the Scotiadome marquee tent for the Celebration of

July 17 and will take place

Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State

at three diamonds in Surrey.

(Sport). “These young athletes

online at CanadianOpenFastpitch.

of activities and exhibits for kids,

Softball City will be the premier

will experience the thrill of

com, as well as at the parks.

parents and players.

destination, and games will also

participating in an international

The action kicks off at 10:30

be played at Sunnyside Park and

competition and get to know the

a.m. on Saturday, July 9 with

Cloverdale Athletic Park.

true meaning of spirit.”

women’s play, as the White

The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch championship is one of the top three women’s fastpitch

Renegades, will be taking on

events in the world for 2011, and

teams from California, Venezuela,

will feature more than 400 ball

and Nanjing, China. The host

games, 1,300 athletes and 80

Renegades will have a total of

teams from around the world.

six teams taking part in the Open

the game on so many levels,”

Championship. British Columbia will be

said Softball Canada president

well-represented at this

Kevin Quinn. “To all the players,

year’s championship.

through all the divisions,

Joining the Renegades

it is a chance to measure

will be the Abbotsford

yourself against the best at

Outlaws, Burnaby

your level of competition in a

Oakeys, Cloverdale

fun, professionally organized

Fury, Delta Heat,

tournament.

Duncan

“Lifetime memories are made

Softball, which offers a number

Red Hots,

here.”

Continued on page 5

In the Women’s Elite division, the host club, the White Rock

“This event is important to

Tickets can be purchased

There will be three divisions of play – Women’s, Futures

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games will be held at Softball

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Joining Team Canada in the

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SOFTBALL CITY K CLOVERDALE ATHLETIC PARK SUNNYSIDE PARK

JULY 9-17, 2011

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

...continued from page 3

“A championship of this scope requires an enormous amount of

There will also be a Softball

instructions will be available online at BCLocalNews.com.

Heroes marquee tent, where past

planning and commitment on the

In addition, Black Press and its

superstars, umpires, local coaches

part of the tournament committee

local community newspapers will

and other heroes in the softball

to incorporate essentially three

be providing exclusive coverage

world will be on-hand to enlighten

tournaments into one event,” said

of the championship, with videos,

and entertain with stories and

Dennis Bidin, president of Softball

stories and multimedia going up

conversation. There will also be a

B.C. “This championship allows all

on BCLocalNews.com. Don’t miss

“Guys Night Out,” a special evening

of our softball fans an opportunity

our special feature section, and

dedicated to the boys and men of

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visit our site for links to follow the

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as well as live streaming video

Both Softball Heroes and the Celebration of Softball are free with admission to the Scotiabank

This year, fans and spectators

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International Championship.

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both CanadianOpenFastpitch.com

Upload your photos to Flickr, join

and BCLocalNews.com.

Of course, all of this is possible

These services are available on

with the help of 450 volunteers who

the conversation on Facebook,

It’s all coming up fast, so don’t

have given their time to help make

and use #COFP11 on Twitter to

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this tournament one of the world’s

report what you’re seeing from the

out to the diamonds for Canada’s

largest fastpitch championships.

stands of the ballparks. Specific

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44,000 spectators in total took in

Canada Cup, as it was called in its

the action for a week in June, with

previous incarnation – has been

more than 56,000 attending the

entertaining crowds in Surrey for

tournament’s second year.

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URING THE WEEK of the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, the focus is on the world-class athletes, international competition and the local youth teams. But behind the scenes is a large, diverse group of volunteers tasked with ensuring the 1,300 athletes converging on Surrey July 9-17 have a memorable experience at one of the largest fastpitch events on the

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There are seven directors, led by chairman Greg Timm, as well as 30 committee chairs that oversee groups of volunteers who handle finances, game supervision, official

he has a much easier gig as P.A. announcer. “All I have to do is say, ‘Now, batting…’ ” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Most volunteers at the championship are

scoring, announcing, transportation, website

from the Surrey/White Rock area, but a “fairly

administration and site supervision.

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“We have 450 volunteers,” said Timm. “And

are the people who will handle tasks such as

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SOFTBALL CITY K CLOVERDALE ATHLETIC PARK SUNNYSIDE PARK

JULY 9-17, 2011

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada ...continued from page 14

The Canada Cup, launched in 1993 at

But in 2001, she was in the unique

“We finished fifth,” she smiled.

Between her two stints in Venezuela,

Softball City, staged its last tournament

position of coaching against her

“When I first took over the team, we

Wright coached in the Surrey Storm rep

in 2009. A year later, a new event – The

country’s national team. She served as

were ranked ninth or 10th. Last year, we

program, taking the Storm ‘90 midget

Canadian Open Fastpitch International

head coach of Venezuela at the Canada

finished higher than Australia. It was

team to the provincial and national

Championship took its place, with more

Cup, the South American country’s first

a huge improvement for Venezuelan

championships, as well as a win at the

emphasis on the youth divisions (Futures

appearance at a tournament against

softball.”

2008 Canada Cup Futures tournament.

and the under-16 Showcase age group).

Olympic-calibre competition.

But to many, only the name has changed. “Talk to any elite player, and that was their favourite tournament,” said Wright. “And it (the Canadian Open) is still the

“Our goal at the time was just to not

The Surrey resident got to

“Winning that tournament with my

see firsthand how important the

’90s is a highlight. We’re still the only

be mercied,” Wright recalled. “To see how

achievement was for the country, which

Canadian team to win the Canada Cup

far the Venezuelans have come in softball

supported the team with sell-out crowds

Futures division,” she said.

is a treat.”

of 15,000 throughout the week-long

The Venezuelans were mercied (when

A coach since she was 22 years

competition. It also caught the attention

old, with a career that will reach the

of the country’s president.

quarter-century mark in two seasons,

favourite tournament. It was the scouting

trailing by 10 runs, a team loses on

tournament, where everyone came to

a “mercy” rule before the full seven

see what everyone else had. It was like

innings are played) on occasion that year.

I see (Hugo) Chavez walk into the

a mini-Olympics, it had that quality of

But they also showed well in a 5-3 loss

dugout,” she said, noting the visit was

teams there.”

to the powerhouse Australia team, and

totally unexpected. “I was thinking to

teeth,” she laughed when asked about

upset Taiwan 10-8.

myself ‘oh, no!’

retiring. “I’m still young, just 45, and

Wright served as an assistant coach with Canada’s national team, and

That was the first step towards the

“We were losing 2-1 to China, and

Wright insists she is nowhere near the end. “Maybe when I have a cane and no

“But he put his arm on my shoulder

as long as I have a passion and I’m

was also head coach of the Canadian

country earning its best-ever showing

and said ‘it’s all right coach,’ then sat at

able to help the athletes I coach, I’ll

Development team – Softball Canada’s

at a World Championship, a tournament

the end of the dugout, put his feet up

stay involved. When I can’t, I’ll retire.

second team – in Canada Cup

they hosted a year ago in Caracas, with

and sipped his tea while watching. We

competition.

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came back and won 6-2.”

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...continued from page 17

The pair volunteer on younger Heat teams when they

brothers – both good ball players – Emilie has learned a lot.

get a chance. Megan pitched in just recently with the

She now works at BMO. Emilie had a scholarship to

newest North Delta Baseball – Challenger Division for kids

a school in Lincoln, Nebraska, but she chose to go to

aged four and up with physical and mental disabilities.

Douglas College instead.

The twins are planning to pursue a university education

Joan Hayes and Kimberley Maedel are also attending

in sciences – with Rachel wanting to go into engineering

Douglas College and playing a big role on the team

and Megan into physiotherapy. Their current course load of

as rookies. They came to the club ready to take on

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leadership roles.

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Sara Groenewegen constantly overcomes hurdles in her life – she is a diabetic softball all-star.

Delta from Williams Lake and playing for the team in

She plays on the White Rock Renegades ‘95 team and

several tournaments. Her parents take turns bringing her

has always dreamed about playing in the Canadian

here, staying with relatives or in booking a hotel.

Open Fastpitch International Championship after being a

Horsley plans to attend the University of Regina next year.

bat girl a few years ago at the event. Now she is ready to hit the bases and play in the largest fastpitch tournament

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been raising herself along with her two siblings. She drives

Renegades, which won the national championship four

herself to games and practices and is very independent.

times and played in the Canada Cup five times. They are

Emilie White has always played up to any challenge and in

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JULY 9-17, 2011

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ELANIE MATTHEWS was

I should arrive at the field in time for the

on Simon Fraser University’s

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softball team when it won the

Matthews said she didn’t realize that she

gold medal in the NAIA National

was the poster girl for the 2011 Scotiabank

Championships in 2005 and the

Canadian Open Fastpitch International

silver medal in 2004.

Championship (featured on the cover of

She led the NAIA in batting average,

this publication) until she went to her

runs per game, doubles per game,

parent’s place recently and opened the

home runs per game, slugging

newspaper. The left-handed batter said she

percentage and total bases per

has never been the poster girl before and

game in 2008. She participated

is honoured to have been chosen.

in five Canadian championships and received the highest batting award in 2000, and was named to the All-Star team in 2004. She’s been a member of Team Canada for five years. Matthews, 24, is a local girl to the core, born in Vancouver and

JENNIFER YEE is one of the most exciting players to watch this year on Team Canada – a former Olympian and veteran of many international competitions. A North Delta athlete, Yee first competed at the tournament in the Futures division in 2004. Even before she was eligible to

raised in Surrey. She attended

compete, she remembers coming to the

SFU on a softball scholarship and

Canadian Open softball tournaments with

graduated with a degree in business

her team to watch the inspiring action, and

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recalls how motivating it was.

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Cloverdale Athletic Park, so Matthews didn’t have to travel far to take in softball action. “I got to see the national team playing regularly out in Surrey so as a young girl it

Melanie Matthews grew up near the Cloverdale Athletic Park and was exposed to high-level softball at an early age. Matthews is the poster girl for this year’s 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.

was the perfect opportunity for me to aspire to a higher level of softball,” she said. “Today I really enjoy playing in my own backyard and it’s always exciting for me.” Matthews will be helping out at the Shaw Youth Clinics at the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and looks forward to meeting the girls and boys who will be working on improving their softball skills. “It’s a great opportunity for us to share our stories and motivate the kids who turn out. It’s helpful for them to learn that if they work hard and are dedicated, softball can take them a long way in their lives.” And that’s something she follows in her own life, too. The Team Canada outfielder plans to hold down her day job in downtown Vancouver and play for Canada in the evening.

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“I’m going to work at the office during the day and then battle traffic to get back home on time.

Jennifer Yee is a North Delta athlete and one of the top softball players in the country.

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SOFTBALL CITY K CLOVERDALE ATHLETIC PARK SUNNYSIDE PARK

JULY 9-17, 2011

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Notable locals... continued from page 18

CLOVERDALE FURY

in her missing the entire softball

(SHOWCASE SELECT U16)

season.

Softball stars... continued from page 20

Not only is Yee one of the top softball players in the country, she’s also an impressive scholar. Yee completed her undergradu-

After knee surgery, and with a

ate degree in materials science and engineering at the Georgia

Cloverdale Fury softball team,

lot of dedicated rehabilitation and

Institute of Technology in Atlanta. While attending Georgia Tech,

Shelby Priest of Surrey has a lot

training, she’s come back to

to look forward to this summer.

be one of the team’s top

She just won a prestigious award

pitchers.

One of the top players on the

Yee was named a top-three finalist for the 2010 NCAA Player of the Year Award. Currently, Yee is working on her master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University

from the lieutenant governor of

of Massachusetts Lowell.

the province, along with a silver

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Watch for Yee at second base during Team Canada

award from the Duke of Edinburgh

RENEGADES

games.

to highlight her top leadership,

‘92 (FUTURES

service and involvement in the

GOLD U18)

KALEIGH RAFTER has been a regular on Team

Kelly

community and her school, Lord

Canada for the past few years. The blonde catcher

Tweedsmuir Secondary. She’s

Rumley is

and first baseman from Guelph, Ontario finished

also getting ready to pitch and

described

her criminal justice degree at Florida State Uni-

play first base for her team at the

as a great

versity two years ago. Rafter said she has many

2011 Canadian Open Fastpitch

student and a fantastic

International Championship,

team leader – both on and off the

from July 9-17.

field. Her mother is a breast cancer

great memories of playing in the B.C. softball championship. She loves playing for Team Canada and

survivor and holds an annual

still gets overwhelmed when they bring

SOUTH SURREY-WHITE ROCK

fundraiser for breast cancer

the jerseys out and she puts one on. She’s

THUNDER ‘94 (SURREY

research.

always aspired to play for her country.

With her mom, Rumley

FUTURES SELECT U18)

Rafter is looking forward to helping out

has raised $1 million for

at the Shaw Youth Clinics this year at the

third baseman and also one of the

this cause over the

2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch

pitchers. The coach says in addition

years.

International Championship. She loves

Heidi Gulka is a first-string

Rumley plans

to being one of the team’s top

helping teach younger girls why softball

players, Gulka is a well-rounded

to attend UBC

is such an amazing sport and seeing them

athlete, playing school volleyball

on a softball

become involved at such a young age.

and soccer.

scholarship.

(For the full Team Canada roster, check

This summer she’ll be joining

out BCLocalNews.com)

a U18 Gold team for a European soccer tour as one of their keepers.

Kaliegh Rafter has been a regular on Team Canada for several years.

Erin Donnelly is another Thunder ‘94 pitcher. In 2009, she injured her knee playing soccer and re-injured it three weeks later

PHOTO COURTESY VISIONQUEST

playing volleyball. Turns out, she had a torn ACL which resulted

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SEE YOU E! R E H T

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