Baseball BC, on behalf of its province wide members, coaches and athletes, is very pleased to be able to announce the inauguration of the Baseball BC Female Baseball Advisory Council.
The Baseball BC Female Baseball Advisory Council will be made up of the following former and current athletes; Becky Hartley, Niki Boyd, and Claire Eccles (See bios on each of the advisory council members below).
This council will provide guidance and insight into all programming and development offerings through the Baseball BC Female Baseball Committee and the Female Baseball Program leadership stewards.
“This group of current and former athletes have become the motivation and inspiration for whole new generations of female players across the province of BC and we are excited to be able to use their life experiences and playing history to help guide us as we continued to make Girls Baseball a priority for the association” says Baseball BC Executive Director David Laing.
“The Baseball BC Female Program has made a concerted effort over the last number of years to reconnect with program alumni and involve as many of those athletes as possible to serve as mentors and role models for our current athlete pool. The addition of our advisory council is both a logical next step and exciting initiative for the whole program”, offers Baseball BC Female Baseball program director Scott MacKenzie.
BC Female Program Advisory Council Member's
Becky started her career in softball, playing for the Richmond Islanders, then Simon Fraser University and eventually the Women’s National Softball Team. She first dabbled in baseball as a bantam player, and later as a coach, for Team BC. In 2010, Becky made her debut with the Women’s National Baseball Team at the World Cup in Venezuela and has since played in the 2012 and 2016 World Cup’s as well as the 2015 Pan American Games. Outside of baseball, Becky is a Plastic Surgery resident physician and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Niki started playing baseball in the Whalley Little League organization at the age of six years old. In addition, she first played with the girl's provincial team when she was eleven years old. Following a development camp in Cuba, Niki made the National Team in 2011 and since then she participated in three World Cups (Canada, Japan, South Korea), one Pan American Games (Toronto) and countless training camps. “Baseball has been a very special part of my life and I look forward to sharing this passion with the future players of the game."
Claire began playing baseball at 5 years old and has been a member of the women’s national team since 2014. She won a silver medal with the team at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 World cup in Busan, South Korea. She currently is a varsity athlete at UBC. In 2017 she became the first girl to play in a men’s collegiate summer league for the Victoria HarbourCats in the West Coast League, and she will be returning to the team in the summer of 2018.