Abbotsford’s Raine Padgham has received an invite to Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team Showcase.
The event is set for Aug. 8 to 13 in Trois Rivieres, Que., and is the first in-person event for the team in two years.
Padgham is one of 41 athletes invited to the six-day camp that will see participants partake in physical testing, baseball-specific testing using the latest in technology, daily practices and inter-squad games at Stade Quillorama, the home of the Frontier League’s Trois-Rivières Aigles.
She is one of nine 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds attending the showcase. She is listed as a pitcher/infielder on the player invite list.
🚨 Congrats to the 4⃣1⃣ athletes named to the WNT Showcase event!
🗞️ Baseball Canada announces WNT Showcase participants
🗞️ Baseball Canada lance ses invitations pour le camp de l'équipe féminine
— Baseball Canada 🇨🇦⚾️ (@baseballcanada) July 30, 2021
The News first reported on the Abbotsford Senior Secondary student back in 2017, when she made headlines by becoming the first-ever player to suit up for both a boys’ and girls’ team at the Western Canadian Baseball Championships.
In the years following, she attended the Trailblazer Series in California presented by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. She also participated at the 10th annual Girls Baseball Development Camp put on by the Team Canada women’s national team in February.
After that camp, Padgham earned a spot on the Team Canada prospect team at the Senior Women’s Invitational Championships hosted by Baseball Canada. She also received an invite to the 2019 Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series in Florida. That camp was for girls aged 14 to 18, and was hosted by MLB and USA Baseball.
Padgham then went on to be the first-ever girl to play on the Abbotsford Cardinals of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League. She continues to be involved with the Cardinals today.
In 2020, she turned heads at the Baseball B.C. High Performance Camp by tossing a fastball at an impressive 83 miles per hour. That pitch was likely the fastest ever baseball throw by a female and by a girl at the age of 15.
Her efforts in 2020 saw her named to the Canadian Baseball Network’s Most Influential Canadians in Baseball list.
Padgham also plans to play women’s rugby, women’s volleyball and senior football with the Abbotsford Panthers during the school year.