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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 Maple Ridge’s own Larissa Franklin.

Franklin joined the senior women’s national team in 2013 and was part of a Silver medal winning squad. She has also experienced a great deal of success at the collegiate level. As a junior at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Franklin led the team is several offensive categories while setting school records for stolen bases and hits – before transferring to Western Kentucky in 2015 where she was named to the USA first team.

For Franklin, this rendition of Team Canada has a different feel – one that she hopes will translate into success on the field.

“Part of what is making this journey so enjoyable is that it involves some amazing people. We push each other, and we compete with each other, but we also respect and genuinely care about each other,” said Franklin. “We also recognize we can’t take anything for granted and we need to perform well on the field for things to fall into place.”

As Canada Cup draws closer, Franklin says there is something special about this event that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

“Personally, this is an opportunity for my family to watch me play. And in some way, it’s a way to reward them for all of the support they have provided,” said Franklin. “As a young girl, I can still picture myself watching from the bleachers and was inspired by the players – and hope in some way, we can also do the same for those young fans.”

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.”