Canadian Open: Hopwood proud to play for national team
Sara Hopwood can’t stop smiling and for good reason. Being selected to Team Canada again this year is a huge honour.
“It’s always an amazing feeling to be chosen to represent your country and an opportunity I’m extremely grateful for,” says Richmond’s Hopwood, who will be wearing the maple leaf when the national team takes to the field at the 2014 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship through Sunday at Softball City.
Canada is coming off a second-place finish at the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., where they dropped a 5-2 decision in Sunday’s final to Team USA, which will also be at the Canadian Open. Canada went 4-0 in round-robin with wins over Japan, Chinese Taipei, Phillipines and Venezuela.
“I’m excited to see what this year has in store for the team, and to play in front of our home crowd,” said Hopwood.
“Our team’s expectations are to break into the top three at worlds (Aug. 15 to 24) in the Netherlands. Our competition will be Japan, the USA and Australia who are ranked No. 1, 2 and 3 in the world.”
Hopwood made an immediate impression in Canada's 2014 debut at Softball City. The second base player went 1-for-2 at the plate, scored twice and had three RBI in a 13-0 win over Spain. Canada was set to play the National Junior Colleges Athletic Association All-Stars at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Softball City.