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Thursday, May 6, 2004Posted by Ari Grossman
Softball Canada adds Cindy Eadie to 2004 Olympic Line-Up
Ottawa, ON - Fifteen women from across the country have been called to step up to the plate and wear the Canadian Jersey on Athens soil this August and Laurier’s Cindy Eadie just got the call. Softball Canada and its Women’s National Team are pleased to announce Canada’s top female softball players who will represent Canada at the 2004 Olympics this summer. Yesterday, all 15 roster spots are filled and the Olympic dream will become a reality when they compete for their home country in August in Athens, Greece - home of the first ever Olympiad.

“We have had numerous difficult selection decisions to make and now that we have finalized our Olympic roster we are very excited about the quality of team that we will put on the field, stated Head Coach Mike Renney. “We have a good balance of experience and youth as well as speed and power and, above all, will have character on the team,” added Renney.

Eadie, well known in the university sports world as an All-Star Goaltender for the Laurier Golden Hawks, missed the 2003-2004 season to compete in Softball. The Brantford Native thought she did well at the Olympic tryout and indeed she was named the starter at third base. Cindy will graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University next year with an economics degree.

In early June, Canada’s Olympic Journey is set to begin when all members of Team Canada head to Kitchener, Ontario for a training camp and promotional appearances. The team’s activities will include training camps which will be open to schools and the media, a skills clinic and a double header on Sunday June 6th against a top US Club Team. The Olympic team will then return to training in Burnaby, B.C. before they compete in the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C. from July 3-11.

The team’s selection was from an Olympic Pool made up of 23 athletes. The women’s evaluation took place during various events including tours throughout the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Nine athletes were named early and have been centralized along with a number of others at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. since January under the leadership of Head Coach Mike Renney and Assistant Coach Glenn Boles.

Softball Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of fast pitch, slo-pitch and orthodox softball in Canada.
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