Biography:

Since Kaleigh Rafter joined the Women’s National Team in 2007, she has been one of Canada’s biggest homerun threats. She was a member of the 2010 ISF World Championship team that won bronze and also won two silver medals at the Pan Am Games (2007 and 2011). Rafter was a member of the last Olympic softball team that finished fourth at Beijing 2008, where her career highlight was hitting a homerun. She was also part of Canada’s fourth place finish at the 2012 and 2014 ISF World Championships, leading Canada at the latter with a pair of homeruns and seven runs batted in. In 2013 she played professional softball in Japan for Team Honda. Her collegiate career was split between the University of Detroit (2005-07) and Florida State University (2009) where she transferred after the 2008 Olympics to join Coach Lonni Alameda who had worked with Team Canada for the Games. She set a Detroit single season homerun record in 2007 while earning Horizon League Player of the Year honours.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Tom and Joan Rafter… Older brother Mike… Getting into the Sport: Started playing softball at age 5 because her older brother played baseball… Outside Interests: Florida State University (graduated 2010 with Bachelor in criminology then 2011 Masters in Criminology then 2012 Masters in Sports Management)… Enjoys reading and biking… During off-season likes to travel and visit baseball stadiums…

Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: ‘Firmly believe that any athlete’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that they hold dear, is that moment when they have worked their heart out in a good cause and lie exhausted on the field of battle, victorious”… Has become close with many of the Australian National Team… Nicknames: Raffie, K-Raf, Rafter…