Natalie Wideman was a key player for the Junior Women’s National Team at the 2011 Junior World Championships before making the jump to the Senior team in 2012 when she helped Canada to a fourth place finish at the ISF World Championship. In 2013 she won a silver medal at the Pan Am Championships. In 2014 she was a member of both the 2014 World Cup and World Championship teams. Wideman played her collegiate softball at California University of Pennsylvania where in her senior season she led the PSAC with a .454 batting average, 49 runs scored and a .535 on-base percentage. She was selected as the Catcher of the Year for NCAA Division II, was named PSAC West Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Academic All-American Team. Twice in four years she was named to the Academic All-District Team and three times to the All-PSAC West First Team.
Family: Parents Glenn and Mary Wideman… Older brothers Aaron and Jordan Wideman are both retired professional baseball players… Getting into the Sport: Started playing softball at age 5… Grew up at the baseball field because of her brothers… If they could do it, she wanted to prove she could do it too… Has wanted to play for Canada since watching the team play against Australia at the Canada Cup in Surrey, BC… Told her mom ‘I could do that’… Outside Interests: California University of Pennsylvania (graduated 2014, Athletic Training)… Enrolled in Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (studying Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)… Loves reading anything from fiction to health books… Enjoys hot yoga… Works as a softball instructor… Odds and Ends: Favourite Quote: ‘Quality. Compete with confidence.’ (Steve Springer)… Pregame ritual always involves music… Tends to spend a lot of time doing her hair and makeup because it calms her down…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
|ISF WCh: 2014 – 4th; 2012 – 4th||PACh: 2013 – SILVER|
|WCup: 2014 – SILVER; 2013 – 4th; 2012 – BRONZE|