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Former Sabino standout Kelsey Jenkins helps lead Softball Canada to Olympic berth

Kelsey Jenkins with her mother Shannah Biggan (Family Photo)

Softball Canada beat Brazil 7-0 at the Softball Americas Qualifier Sunday to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Mexico beat Canada 2-1 on Saturday to qualify for the Olympics and Team USA won the 2018 World Championships to earn a berth.

Team USA is the top-ranked team in the world, followed by Japan and Canada is ranked third.  Mexico entered the week ranked No. 5.

Former Sabino standout Kelsey Jenkins plays second base for Softball Canada. She went 8-15 (.533) with five doubles, six RBI and a home run. Defensively, Jenkins collected eight outs and seven assists with no errors.

Kelsey’s mother, Shannah Biggan, played on the Canadian National Softball Team, her aunt Jodie Biggan Porteous also played on the Canadian National Softball Team as well as the Canadian National Soccer Team. In addition, another aunt, Alison Biggan McLeod, played for the Canadian National Junior Softball Team.

“We have been preparing for this for the last two years,” Kelsey said. “This has been the most amazing tournament to be apart of. To qualify on home soil Is an absolute privilege. We love to wear the leaf and will continue to represent the leaf all the way to Tokyo.”

NOTE: Jenkins also got engaged to former Sabino athlete Matt Harshman after the game!

(Family photo)

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