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Guelph's Rafter named to Canada’s Olympic softball team

Kaleigh Rafter set to compete in Tokyo this summer

When softball returns to the Olympics in Tokyo this summer, Guelph will be presented. Catcher Kaleigh Rafter has been named to the Canadian women’s softball team.

“There is no greater privilege than to wear Canada across your chest and represent the most amazing country and fans,” Rafter said in a news release announcing the team lineup. “For me, this is the last step in a 14-year journey that dates back to 2007. I want to give a big thank you to my family who has supported this dream of mine since the very beginning.”

Rafter has been on the national team each year since 2007 and participated in the 2008 Olympics.

Softball is set to make its return to the summer Olympics, after being left out in 2012 and 2016. Canada qualified to enter a team during the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball Americas Qualifier.

Canada is currently ranked third in the WBSC women’s world rankings and has won three bronze medals during the past five WBSC World Championships, including back-to-back bronze medals in 2016 and 2018. 

The team won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and captured silver medals at Guadalajara 2011 and Lima 2019.