The Toronto Blue Jays group has added to its teaching roster.
Former Canadian ladies’s nationwide group participant Ashley Stephenson joined the ranks of the Blue Jays group on Wednesday, the place she is going to serve on the High-A affiliate Vancouver Canadians within the upcoming season.
The 40-year-old spent 15 years representing the maple leaf, accumulating 4 Women’s Baseball World Cup medals (three bronze, one silver), and a Pan American Games silver in 2015.
“I’m actually excited for this chance,” Stephenson stated in a launch. “I’ve liked baseball and the Blue Jays since I used to be three years outdated.”
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Stephenson’s nationwide group contributions shifted to teaching in 2019, when she joined the Team Canada employees and gained bronze within the Pan American Games that yr.
In 2022, Stephenson grew to become the primary lady to handle Canada when — throughout a five-game homestand — the group performed towards the United States in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Stephenson isn’t any stranger to firsts.
After breaking boundaries in ladies’s baseball, the native of Mississauga, Ont., continued trailblazing as she grew to become the primary lady to educate within the Canadian Futures Showcase hosted by the Blue Jays baseball academy in Ottawa final yr.
“[I] by no means actually imagined that I’d have the ability to have a profession within the sport not to mention with my favorite group,” Stephenson stated.
The newly-appointed member of the Canadians employees gained the Lionel Ruhr Elite Coach of the Year Award in November, changing into the primary lady to take action.
In addition to her expertise within the sport of baseball, Stephenson additionally performed skilled hockey within the National Women’s Hockey League and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League from 2005 to 2012.