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Surrey, B.C. – TeamCanada is preparing to compete in the 2018 Canada Cup International Softball Championship July 13-22 at Softball City in Surrey. Central to the team’s success will be Victoria’s own Emma Entzminger and Sarah Chow.

Entzminger, a graduate of Lambrick Park Secondary School, was the youngest member of the 2016 world championship bronze-medal winning women’s team. She went on to a very successful collegiate career, completing her fourth year as a San Jose Spartan in 2018.

For Entzminger, the current team is tighter than any other she has been a part of.

“There is a lot of good talent and competing against these girls makes you better every single day. Every single day is important and an opportunity to get better and improve our game” says Entminger. “But what separates this team from others is that we can be vulnerable with each other, lean on each and know that everyone will support one another – and that kind of support system is important.”

Sarah Chow, also a graduate of Lambrick Park Secondary School, got her first opportunity with the national team in 2017, after a very successful collegiate career at Utah State University, where she graduated in 2016 after four years.

Chow says being able to put on the Canadian jersey is more than an honour, especially because it will be at Softball City.

“There is nothing that compares to wearing the maple leaf and playing in front of the fans at Canada Cup. Simply hearing the Canadian anthem before each game gives me chills,” said Chow. “This is also the one time we see family and friends – but when I look into the stands, I know I will also see former coaches or teammates who have been a huge part of my life, and that is also what makes this tournament so special.”

Entzminger and Chow both developed though the Victoria Devils softball program. Both suggest they owe a great deal to coaches and teammates and when they take the field at Canada Cup, will do their best to represent all the young girls who are part of that great program, past and present.

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.”