Jennifer Gilroy had her dream of playing for Team Canada sparked at age 16 when she transitioned from playing in a boys’ baseball league to the Central Ontario Girls Baseball League. At that time, she met current teammates Ashley Stephenson, Autumn Mills, and Kate Psota and after hearing their travel stories (including the not-so-pleasant ones) she knew she wanted to be a member of the national team. She got her chance in 2009 and competed at her first IBAF World Cup in 2010. She went on to be a part of the bronze medal-winning team in 2012. Thus far Gilroy’s career highlight is being named to the 2015 Pan Am Games team and getting the chance to compete at home.
Family: Father David Gilroy and mother Janet Pearen… Brother Anthony Gilroy played rugby at McMaster University… Getting into the Sport: Started playing baseball at age 4… Her father, mother, brother and grandparents all played baseball, so the sport brought the family together… Outside Interests: Diploma from St. Clair College in Law and Security and Police Foundations)… Enjoys kayaking, hockey, snowboarding, and taking hikes with her dog Daisy Duke… Works as the Team Leader of Security for Trillium Health Partners… Affiliated with Ve’ahavta, a Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Organization, and volunteers with an outreach van assisting the homeless in Toronto… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove”… Inspired by her father because he always looked like he was having fun at every sport he played… Has two necklaces she wears for good luck… Always checks her equipment bad “a million times” because she’s a self-proclaimed forgetful person… Collects local paintings from her travels so she can remember all the beautiful places baseball has taken her… Nicknames: J.Gilz, G-roy…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
IBAF W Cup: 2014 – 4th; 2012 – BRONZE; 2010 – 5th