North America is once again the host for the 2016 World Softball Championships. The 15th WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship will take place in Surrey, BC Canada – a suburb of Vancouver – while the U19 Men’s team will participate in the 11th WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship hosted by Softball USA at Midland, Michigan.
OPEN WOMEN, AUSSIE SPIRIT
Aussie Spirit will have an extended tour in 2016. The women depart the USA early July to allow time to adjust to the North America time zones and play in the XI World Cup of Softball at Oklahoma City, OK, USA. The Spirit have four medals from previous World Cup tournaments. Once the World Cup concludes, the team heads to beautiful Vancouver, Canada for the World Championship. The tournament is an open event this year with over 30 countries expected to enter. The action starts on 15 July with the world champion crowned on 24 July. This will be an extremely important tournament for the Spirit as the sport of softball prepares for the IOC announcement that could place softball back into the Olympics for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. This announcement will take place on the eve of the 2016 Rio Summer Games. The Spirit conclude their world travels with the Japan Cup in September. This tournament is another preview event for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
U19 MEN, AUSSIE COLTS
Australia’s most successful national softball team, the U19 men (Aussie Colts) won four consecutive gold medals (1997, 2001, 2005, 2008) before claiming bronze in 2012 in Argentina. This team formed the nucleus of the Open Men, Aussie Steelers, that won the 2009 Men’s World Softball Championship. The men head to Canada for a quick training camp before taking part in the World Championship that starts 22 July and crowns a champion on 30 July 2016.
For those family, friends and fans planning to take in the games overseas, Softball Australia has teamed up with Sportslink International to assist with all your travel needs from flights, accommodation and ground transportation to tickets and other group activities to make your trip hassle free and plenty of fun.
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SPECIAL THANK YOU!
Thank you Addlon Easton for your continued support of our national teams through a partnership delivering state of the art equipment for our national team players.
Also thank you VIA Network for your support as the sponsor of our Open and U19 Women’s national teams.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PLAYERS
Australian Sports Foundation has recently revised their program to provide even better service and support for our national team players. Check out their website where our fans can make donations to assist players with travel payments. Any donation over $2 is 100% tax deductible with 95% of the donation going to the program of your choice. These players represent our country around the world and need your support to ensure they can realise their dreams of participating in a World Championship for Australia.