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Surrey, B.C. – Canada has finalized its 2018 national team roster that will compete in the upcoming Canada Cup International Softball Championship July 13-22 at Softball City in Surrey. Central to the team’s success will be Langley’s own Danielle Lawrie.

Lawrie is one of three national team members who represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games. She has also experienced a great deal of success at the collegiate level, at the University of Washington where she was a two-time college player of the year and led the team to its first national championship in 2009.

Four years after retiring from the game, Lawrie doesn’t mince words about what motivated her return.

“The Olympics is what is driving me. It’s the stage everyone wants to be on and its one I want to be able to share with this special group,” said Lawrie. “I started with the national team at the age of 18 and while it’s an experience that will always be special, we have more depth than ever before and when it comes to hitting, this team can rip it like no other team I have been a part of. This is a fresh start and a chance to potentially be part of something great.”

The first test for the squad will be Canada Cup, an event that Lawrie has a great deal of fondness for.

“That’s where my dreams began,” said Lawrie. I remember watching some of the best teams in the world in my own back yard and now I get to return as a player. I’m anxious and excited. It’s been forever, and I can’t wait.”

The Canada Cup tournament will host an estimated 1,200 elite athletes spanning five divisions: Women’s international, Futures Gold (U19), Futures Select (U19), Showcase Gold (16U) and Showcase Select (16U).

“The fact that almost half of this year’s national team hails from British Columbia says a great deal about the quality of softball players emerging from this province,” said Canada Cup Chairman Greg Timm. “Even more significant is that this squad, with a core nucleus from BC will be working, training and playing together to achieve a berth in the 2020 Olympics.”