PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Rising sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario), a standout member of the Brown softball team, will begin competition today in the 10th International Softball Federation Women's Junior World Championships after being selected to play shortstop for Team Canada. Seventeen players made the country's roster, announced on June 24, and the squad was chosen through a process that included regional evaluation camps, followed by a weeklong selection camp.
"It is a special honor for any athlete to play for their country in international competition," said head softball coach Katie Flynn. "This was a goal that Janet had set for herself to make and play for Team Canada, and I am exited to see her achieve it. The level of competition she will face this week will challenge her and make her a better player."
Leung, who will make her international debut at the World Championships, turned in an impressive rookie season to earn All-Ivy honorable mention accolades after her first year on College Hill. The shortstop was one of four Bears to start in all 38 games, and she compiled the third best batting average on the team with a .277. She notched 33 hits in 119 at-bats, scoring 14 runs and knocking in 12 RBIs, while recording Brown's third best slugging percentage (.378) and fourth best on-base percentage (.306). She led the team with eight doubles and two triples, and ranked third in stolen bases, successfully grabbing four in six attempts.
The Junior World Championships, scheduled to run from July 1 to July 7, will be hosted by the city of Brampton, Ontario. Sixteen teams will vie for the title, to be decided in 73 games on the Brampton Fairgrounds and South Fletcher's Sportsplex. Leung and Team Canada will make their debut at 11:30am when they take on Venezuela, and will follow that up with a 2:00pm game against Great Britain.
The squad will continue with the preliminary rounds on Tuesday, playing the Czech Republic at 2:30pm and Korea at 7:30pm. Wednesday's action will feature a game against Puerto Rico at 12:00pm, followed by a game with the United States at 7:30pm. Team Canada concludes the preliminary round on Thursday, July 4 when it faces the squad from New Zealand at 7:30pm. The playoff rounds will take place at the Brampton Fairgrounds on July 5 and 6, and the medal games will be contested on July 7. The bronze-medal game will be played at 11:00am, and the gold-medal game will conclude the competition at 2:00pm.
All tournament games will be web streamed by SportsCanada.tv for a one-time cost of $10.00, and will also have Pointstreak live scoring available for free. For more information about the event, visit the official tournament website or the International Softball Federation (ISF) website.