After a rude interruption by the International Olympic Committee, Jenn Salling’s Olympic dream is alive again.
The 31-year-old infielder from Port Coquitlam was named to Canada’s national women’s softball team roster for this week’s Canada Cup in South Surrey as the squad prepares for the sport’s reintroduction at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Salling first joined the senior women’s team in 2006 and played for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the last time the sport was played at the Olympics.
“We’re working as hard as possible to chase that dream,” said Salling in a Canada Cup press release. “I look at it as a two-year commitment with no reservations and no distractions because I want to have no regrets come 2020. Regardless of what happens, that will be the time to start the next chapter in myu life and if we can have success, that will be the icing on the cake.”
The 2018 Canada Cup will be held at Softball City (2201 148 Ave., Surrey) and two other venues in Surrey. Although tournament play in other categories begins Friday (July 13), the international portion will run July 17 to 22. Along with three other Canadian teams, also participating in that division will be the national teams from China, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Korea along with the Triple Crown Colorado, one of the top teams in the United States.