GROENEWEGEN Sara

12 Apr 1995
26
Female
1.74/5'8''
WHITE ROCK, BC
 
Canada
WHITE ROCK, BC
 
Canada

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
BSB Baseball/Softball Softball 3 Bronze Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
MEX
Mexico
0
CAN
Canada
4
Finished
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
USA
United States
1
CAN
Canada
0
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
AUS
Australia
1
CAN
Canada
7
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
CAN
Canada
0
JPN
Japan
1
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
CAN
Canada
8
ITA
Italy
1
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
MEX
Mexico
2
CAN
Canada
3
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

:
Softball World Championship
RankEventYearLocation
3Softball2016Surrey, BC, CAN
4Softball2014Haarlem, NED

Pan American Games
RankEventYearLocation
2Softball2019Lima, PER
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Athlete, Education Professional
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Sports Management - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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English
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Canadian Wild [United States of America]
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Mark Smith [national, club], CAN
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Pitcher (softball.ca, 19 Nov 2019)
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Bats right, throws right (softball.ca, 19 Nov 2019)
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Her uncle, Leo, played 17 seasons in the Canadian Football League [CFL] and was first overall pick in the 1987 CFL Draft. Her sister, Marina, played softball at Bradley University in 2013 and 2014. (gophersports.com, 01 Sep 2019)
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2013 for Canada (olympic.ca, 01 Jun 2019)
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In July 2018 she was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia. She spent ten days in a medically-induced coma on life support. She was out of action for the rest of the year, and returned to play for Canada in 2019. (gophersports.com, 01 Aug 2019; espn.com, 13 Aug 2018; thestar.com, 08 Aug 2019)
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She began playing softball at age five. (olympic.ca, 01 Jun 2019)
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She followed her older sister into the sport. (olympic.ca, 01 Jun 2019)
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"Limits are self-imposed." (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
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While playing for University of Minnesota in 2017 she was named Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year, an award she also won in 2014. In 2015 she was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. In 2014 she received the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year award. (gophersports.com, 01 Sep 2019)

General Interest

General
HEALTH BATTLE
Her life-threatening battle with Legionnaires' disease in 2018 began with flu-like symptoms while playing in the Canada Cup in July 2018, and deteriorated to the point that she was put into a medically-induced coma for 10 days. "During the Canada Cup I was very nauseous, but I assumed that was because of my [type 1] diabetes. I then started developing a bad fever and stayed home from the games. [A few days later] I remember checking into the emergency room and that is it. I was literally almost dying. I was taken to the intensive care unit at Royal Columbian Hospital and was in the coma until the doctors felt like I could breathe on my own. [After coming out of the coma] it took me a long time to be able to stand and walk again. Looking back at it now, I'm just extremely grateful for my health and for the opportunity to play again and be able to represent my country." She has also managed type-1 diabetes since age nine. (espn.com, 13 Aug 2018; apnews.com, 23 Oct 2018; softballamerica.com, 25 Jul 2019; gophersports.com, 01 Sep 2019)

NPF DRAFT
She was drafted by the Akron Racers as the second overall pick in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch [NPF] Draft, and played with them for the 2017 season. (softball.ca, 19 Nov 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2017 at University of Minnesota, she began studying a master's degree in education at the University of Oklahoma in 2018. (Linkedin profile, 01 Jan 2020)

Legend
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Bronze Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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