Canadianâ€™s new-found appreciation and support for womenâ€™s sports was definitely bolstered by FIFA and the soccer championships wrapping up this weekend in Vancouver.
But the talent does end there.
Also in the global arena of womenâ€™s sports â€“ starting this weekend â€“ some of this worldâ€™s best softball players are converging on nearby Cloverdale, and among the teams competing are Langleyâ€™s own Rebels and Langley Xtremes.
These women are cleaning off their cleats and gearing up for the 2015 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship running July 3 to 13 at Softball City and the Cloverdale Athletic Park.
Teams will be welcome from around the world, including Team Japan, Team Cuba, Team Puerto Rico, Team Dominican Republic, and Team Mexico.
The tournament will host participating teams spanning five divisions: womenâ€™s, futures (U19) gold and select, and showcase (16U) gold and select.
The atheletes in the tournament will be playing more than 300 ball games during the course of 11 days at two nearby Surrey-based venues.
The schedule for each division is as follows:
Womenâ€™s: July 4 to 13
Futures Gold: July 6 to 12
Showcase Gold: July 6 to 12
Futures Select: July 3 to 6
Showcase Select: July 3 to 6
For more about the teams playing, the game schedules, and the championships in general, please can visit www.canadianopenfastpitch.com.
As for how to win tickets, just click here, and it will take you to an online entry that you can email in.
The draw for the winning tickets will be made Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. There are dozens of tickets up for grabs, so your chances of winning are good.
Preference, as always, is given to Langley residents.