The Pan American Games will be the highlight of Ashley Stephenson’s career, fitting for an athlete who watched the Olympics on TV as a kid and dreamed that one day, if she worked hard enough, she would have the opportunity to play for Canada. Stephenson is now one of the veterans of the national team, having appeared in every IBAF World Cup since its inception in 2004. She has won four medals in six tournaments, including a best-ever silver medal in 2008 when she was named tournament all-star at third base. Stephenson was honoured as national team MVP in 2005 and 2008. She currently plays in the Toronto Baseball Association. Stephenson played collegiate hockey for the Laurier Golden Hawks, winning OUA championships in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well as the CIS Championship in 2005 when she was named national tournament MVP. She was a CIS first team all-star in 2006 and inducted to the Golden Hawks Hall of Fame in 2011.
Family: Parents Douglas and Lori Stephenson… Younger brother Derek… Getting into the Sport: Started playing t-ball at age 4… Her father was coaching and asked if she wanted to play… Outside Interests: Graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Education and from Wilfred Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology… Works as a physical education teach at Dr. Frank J Hayden Secondary School… Loves coaching hockey and baseball, her two passions… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Great moments are born out of great opportunity! I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul!”… Inspired by her mom who taught her what it takes to be successful and how to be a great teammate… Always puts her left sock and shoe on first… Always travels with a picture of her dad and has his initials in her hat… Nicknames: Stevie, Steeves, Ash…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
IBAF WCup: 2014 – 4th; 2012 – BRONZE; 2010 – 5th; 2008 – SILVER; 2006 – BRONZE; 2004 – BRONZE