When the Aussie Spirit take the field in the first game of the Softball World Cup next week, they won’t have to look far for motivation.
In the other dugout will be Mexico, the team that effectively ended Australia’s chances at last year’s World Championship in Canada with a heartbreaking 1-0 result.
The XII World Cup, to be held in Oklahoma City from 5-9 July, features the four highest-ranked teams in the world – Japan, USA, Canada and Australia – plus Puerto Rico (7) Mexico (10), the Philippines (17) and the US Junior National Team.
The Aussie Spirit won the bronze medal at the 2016 event, which was won by Japan. USA took the silver medal.
After Oklahoma, the Aussies head to Vancouver for the Canada Cup, to be held in suburban Surrey from 11-17 July. This tournament will also feature some of the world’s top national teams.
Australia’s participation in the World Cup of Softball and Canada Cup is part of Softball Australia’s high-performance program, which is focused on getting to the 2020 Olympic Games and performing well in Tokyo and beyond.
Aussie Spirit team for World Cup and Canada Cup
|Jessica Bahn (Vic)||Leigh Godfrey – Vice Captain (WA)||Erin Thras (Qld)|
|Georgia Blair (Qld)||Jordan Lambert (SA)||Jessica Torpey (Qld)|
|Amelia Cudicio (NSW)||Kaia Parnaby (NSW)||Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)|
|Jackie Di Siervi (Vic)||Stacey Porter – Captain (NSW)||Clare Warwick – Vice Captain (ACT)|
|Jemma Freegard (WA)||Ellen Roberts (NSW)||Belinda White (SA)|
|Simone Freeman (NSW)||Carmelle Sorensen (Qld)|