‘Long List’ announced by GB Under-22 Women

Thu 7 Mar 2019

By Jo Malisani

Friday 8 March -- The GB Under-22 Women's Fastpitch Team has chosen International Women’s Day to announce the 22 athletes who will now be considered for selection for this year’s Under-22 competition squad.

The team was created in 2018 with a mission to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play, and as they do not have an official European Championship competition until 2021, the Under-22s will be traveling abroad this summer to play in the Canada Cup Women's International Softball Championships in Surrey, British Columbia from 8-14 July.

The final roster of 14 athletes that will attend the Canada Cup will be announced during the week of 22 April.

Selection process

To start the 2019 season, the GB Women's Fastpitch Programme held a Selection Camp in Plant City, Florida from 5-10 January.  The camp was open to all athletes wishing to trial for the Senior, Under-22, Under-18 and Under-16 Women's National Teams.  Those unable to attend the Selection Camp were required to submit video evidence of testing protocols -- athletic, defensive and offensive -- as well as game footage.

Following the successful GB Selection Camp, and after receipt of all video submissions, the GB Under-22 Selection Panel convened in late February, consisting of the Under-22 coaching staff and one external selector whose role was to ensure that selections were made fairly and transparently, based on criteria set out in GB Softball’s Selection Policy. 

All athletes who trialled for the 2019 GB Under-22 Team were contacted regarding the selection decisions, and athletes who were offered a spot on the ‘long list’ or preliminary roster were required to confirm whether they would accept their selection.

‘Long list’ selections for the GB Senior Women’s Team have also been announced on International Women’s Day, and GB Under-18 and GB Under-16 competition squads plus reserves will be announced on or around 22 March.

The players

The players selected for the GB Under-22 ‘long list’ are shown below.  The two players marked with an asterisk have declined to take up their place due to availability.

Rose Bhanji*
Katie Burge
Gabriella Channon
Madison Chappell
Hannah Edwards
Beth Fleming
Alexandra Grein
Laura Hirai
Amie Hutchison
Andrea Johnson
Lauren King
Olivia Lee*
Glenys McGuire
Mary Murray
Diana Nisbett
Megan Parno
Aubrey Peterson
Sydney Robson
Katherine Ryan
Morgan Salmon
Alana Snow
Sarah-Grace Wrennall

Athletes may be added or removed from the GB Under-22 Women's roster at any time at the discretion of the Head Coach.

The staff

The staff for the 2019 GB Under-22 Women’s Fastpitch Team are all returning from the team’s inaugural season in 2018, when they finished fourth in European Championships, and are:

Head Coach – Jo Malisani
Assistant Coach – Gina Carbonatto
Pitching Coach – Windy Thees
Team Manager – Whitney Hollis
Physiotherapist – Edwin Lam

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