FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO CANADA AND USA
Top Junior Women’s Fast Pitch Event Scheduled for 2013 & 2015
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) -- Brampton, Ontario (Canada) and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA) will host the top event in 19-and-under female fast pitch softball in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The International Softball Federation X Jr. Women’s World Championship will take place from July 1-7, 2013, and the eleventh edition of the tournament will play from August 7-16, 2015.
Following approval by the world governing body’s Board of Directors, ISF President Don Porter made the announcement today, just over eight weeks after the 15-nation IX Jr. Women’s World Championship concluded in Cape Town, South Africa.
The event next year will mark the first time that Ontario has ever hosted an ISF world championship. Meanwhile, the 2015 tournament will be the first time since 1996 that the USA has hosted an ISF world championship (IX Men’s World Championship in Michigan).
“As we recently saw in South Africa, the junior women’s world championship is the premier event for our young female athletes,” the ISF president said. “The organizers in Cape Town did a first-class job and we are confident that Canada and the U.S. will do the same next year and in 2015. We need them to because this is an important competition opportunity for that age category to be able to continue to test their skills against their counterparts from around the world.”
Softball Canada submitted the 2013 bid on behalf of the Brampton Girls Softball Association, while the Amateur Softball Association put forth the 2015 plan, which calls for the junior women’s world championship to be played at their headquarters complex.
This (2012) is the first year that the ISF world championships are starting an every-two-years rotation after having been one a year every four years. The XIII Women’s World Championship will be played this July in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada) and the IX Jr. Men’s World Championship is set for November in Paraná, Argentina. In addition to next year’s event in Ontario, the XIII Men’s World Championship will take place in Auckland, New Zealand (in March 2013).
About the ISF
The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
MEDIA: For more information, please contact ISF Director of Communications Bruce Wawrzyniak at brucew@ISFsoftball.org or (813) 864-0100, ext. 229.