GB Under-22 Women announce 2020 selections

Tue 28 Apr 2020

Despite having to cancel competition plans for this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, coaches from the GB Under-22 Women’s Fastpitch Team have announced their preliminary roster for this year’s team to recognise the athletes who were selected.

The main purpose of the GB Under-22 Women’s Team is to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.  As there is no European Championship scheduled for this age group until next year, the team had been planning to participate in Prague Softball Week, in the Czech Republic, from 24-27 June 2020.  But this tournament, like so many others, has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

GB Under-22 Head Coach Jo Malisani said, “We are extremely sad that we will not be able to tour with this great group of athletes in 2020 due to Covid-19, but we will continue to train through virtual means to develop these players in preparation for selecting the team that will compete at the European Under-22 Women’s Championship in Kunovice, Czech Republic, in 2021.”

Selection process

For the 2020 season, the GB Women's Fastpitch Programme held a trial in Uxbridge, near London, on 1 March, open to all athletes wishing to trial for the Senior, Under-22, Under-18 and Under-15 Women's National Teams.  Those unable to attend the UK trial were required to submit video evidence and testing protocols -- athletic, defensive and offensive -- as well as game footage.

Following the UK trial and receipt of all video submissions, the GB Under-22 Selection Panel convened in mid-March, consisting of the Under-22 coaching staff and two external selectors whose role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently based on criteria in the GB Softball Selection Policy. 

All athletes who trialed for the 2020 GB Under-22 Women’s Team have now been contacted regarding selection decisions, and athletes who were offered a place on the preliminary roster were required to confirm whether they would accept their selection.

Players and staff

The players selected to the 2020 GB Under-22 Women’s Team are:

Katie Burge
Madison Chappell
Hannah Edwards
Amie Hutchison
Andrea Johnson
Lauren King
Cameron McGinnis
Mary Murray
Diana Nisbett
Megan Parno
Crista Reed-Thomas
Morgan Salmon
Madeleine Sherwood
Alana Snow

A small number of players on this roster will be ineligible to play in the European Under-22 Women's Championship in 2021 because they will be too old for the competition.

Current team staff are:

Head Coach
Jo Malisani

Assistant Coach
Gina Carbonatto

Pitching Coach
Windy Thees

Team Manager
Whitney Hollis

Edwin Lam

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