Focusing on world championship

June 05, 2006, volume 36, no. 3
By Marianne Meadahl

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More time in the field - or rather on the field — is what's in store for SFU Clan softball player Erin Cumpstone, now that she has completed her bachelor of general studies degree at Simon Fraser University. She'll receive her degree at the June 8 morning ceremony.

Cumpstone, the Clan's star catcher, finished her classes in December and has been physically and mentally preparing for a busy summer. She spent part of the spring training in Las Vegas.

“We're all focused on the world championships that will be held in Beijing, China later this summer,” says Cumpstone, who has been a mainstay with both the Clan and  the women's national team for the past six years.
As the starting catcher at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, she helped the team to secure an impressive fifth place finish.

“In order to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games, we have to place in the top four or possibly five at the world championships. That's our focus.”

Summer play for the national team starts just a week after convocation with a Southern Ontario tour, including a series of games against the Canadian elite team and the New England Riptide of the Women's Professional Fast Pitch League.

They return home to compete in the Canada Cup in White Rock in early July.

Focusing on the ball field is not unlike most summers in Cumpstone's life. She was raised on softball.

Her mother played competitive fast pitch softball in Saskatchewan and her involvement had a profound influence on her daughters.

Erin took up the sport at the age of seven. Younger sister Meaghan is now in her second year with the Clan.

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