Whitehorse to host world softball championship in 2017

Yukon is fast becoming a hub for world softball championships. Whitehorse will host the International Softball Federation Men’s World Championship in the summer of 2017, it was decided on Friday.

Yukon is fast becoming a hub for world softball championships.

Whitehorse will host the International Softball Federation Men’s World Championship in the summer of 2017, it was decided on Friday.

Softball Yukon, in partnership with Softball Canada, won hosting privileges for the 2017 championship at the federation’s congress in Cartagena, Colombia.

“We hope the city is excited. We are,” said Softball Yukon executive director George Arcand, speaking from Cartagena. “We hope they look forward to it and the whole thing will become a positive experience for the game of softball.

“Right now it’s open, so we could have 20, 24 teams – it’s yet to be seen … Here at the congress there’s 61 countries represented, so it’s a worldwide effort.”

By the time of the 2017 tournament, it will be the fourth world softball championship Whitehorse and Softball Yukon will have hosted.

Whitehorse was home to the 2008 ISF Junior Men’s World Championship and the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship last summer.

The Yukon capital will host the ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship a second time next July.

The 2017 tournament will be the first time Whitehorse and Softball Yukon hosts the biennial senior men’s championship.

The final decision came down to Canada and Argentina at which time both potential hosts made a final presentation to the congress.

Softball Yukon stressed the hospitality of Yukon and Canada, Whitehorse’s top-notch Pepsi Softball Centre facility, and the association’s previous hosting experience.

“It’s up on screen and we have pictures and all that, but we sell it with the facility, being a world-class facility, we sell Yukon as a destination, being part of Canada which is very safe, secure and hospitable, and all those good things,” said Arcand. “You’re selling your local region, you’re selling your complex, you’re selling your volunteers.”

Whitehorse has already hosted two world championships, “and that makes a difference for sure. They know you have a proven track record, all the bills got paid on time, so there’s no issues afterwards. The players are treated well, the fans all come out to watch, they love the game.”

It was also decided at the congress that Surrey, B.C. will host the 2016 ISF Women’s World Championship. It was a big week for the B.C. city as Surrey’s Dale McMann was elected president of the ISF.

The 2013 ISF Men’s World Championship was held in Auckland, New Zealand this past March. The hosting New Zealand team took gold with a win over Venezuela in the final. Australia claimed the bronze while

Canada was eliminated in the playoffs with a pair of losses after going 6-1 in the round-robin.

The 2015 ISF Senior Men’s World Championship will be held in Saskatoon, Sask.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read