SALLING Jenn

4 Jul 1987
34
Female
1.67/5'5''
BURNABY, BC
 
Canada
ORLANDO, FL
 
United States of America

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

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Olympic Games
RankEventYearLocation
4Softball2008Beijing, CHN

Softball World Championship
RankEventYearLocation
3Softball2018Chiba, JPN
3Softball2016Surrey, BC, CAN
3Softball2010Caracas, VEN
5Softball2012Whitehorse, YT, CAN
5Softball2006Beijing, CHN

Pan American Games
RankEventYearLocation
2Softball2019Lima, PER

World Cup
RankEventYearLocation
3Softball2017Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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Jenn, J Sall (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
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Athlete
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Anthropology - University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 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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Infield (softball.ca, 19 Nov 2019)
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Bats left, throws right (softball.ca, 19 Nov 2019)
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2006 for Canada (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
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She began playing softball at age five for the Port Coquitlam Minor Softball Association in Canada. She also played basketball and volleyball in high school. (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019; softball.ca, 31 Jul 2019)
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"My father had the biggest influence on me wanting to play the sport. I grew up around the softball field. My father was a catcher at a pretty elite level in men's fastpitch, and ever since I was two weeks old, I was out at the softball field. After every one of my dad's games, my dad and his teammates would throw me these incredibly high fly balls, play catch, and we would even set up imaginary run down situations to make it fun." (stack.com, 01 Oct 2012)
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To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (KING 5 YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)
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Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and winning gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Canadian Wild Facebook page, 06 Apr 2019)
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Her University of Washington coach Heather Tarr. (KING 5 YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)
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"When putting on my socks, cleats and batting gloves, I always start on the left side." (Canadian Wild Facebook page, 06 Apr 2019)
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"Without struggle there is no progress." (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
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While playing for the University of Washington from 2008 to 2011, she was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association [NFCA] All-American in 2010 and 2011, and won the team's Golden Glove award in 2011. She was also named the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. (gohuskies.com, 29 May 2011)

In 2007 while playing for University of Oregon she was voted the Pac-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year, was a First Team All American, and was a top 10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. (gohuskies.com, 29 May 2011)

General Interest

General
ALL IN FOR TOKYO
After leaving the National Pro Fastpitch league to focus on playing for Canada in 2015, she began a master's degree in education and coaching at the University of Washington [UW], which led her to question her desire to continue playing. "Ever since 2015, I had been going back and forth in my mind about retiring and moving on to the next chapter of my life. I became a member of the UW softball staff as a graduate assistant manager. The NCAA coaching was on my mind. I wanted to be a collegiate softball coach, so I was trying to figure out if I should continue to play or become a college coach. My training took a major hit. Graduating with a master's, and being a staff member to the UW softball programme both came first. The summer after graduating was rough. Our team struggled, and at the end of the season our head coach sent me a very honest and direct email regarding my performance. The message read, 'J Sal, if you want to make a run at this [2020 Olympic Games], it's time to make some changes'. He was absolutely right. I had a decision to make. If I were to continue to play, I was all in for 2020. If not, it wasn't worth the investment, I would hang up my cleats for good. At the age of 29, it was an all-or-nothing decision. I had my master's in education and it was perfect timing to be 100% invested in myself, our team and making a run at another Olympics." (cbc.ca, 29 May 2019; inthecircle.wordpress.com, 27 Jan 2017)

BEIJING 2008 VETERAN
She played for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games In Beijing, the last time softball was part of the Olympic programme. She had mixed emotions regarding softball's return for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo before being dropped again for the 2024 Games in Paris. "I remember feeling such mixed emotions, happiness, disappointment, shock, relief. I wish I felt pure joy right off the bat, but there was more anger and resentment inside me than anything else. I guess I was not over the fact many young women's dreams were still being crushed. We were back in the 2020 Olympics for the first time in twelve years, but Paris had already declared softball will be off the roster again in 2024. Decisions about Olympic inclusion and exclusion have such significant impact on so many lives. So, yes, I am happily on my 2020 journey at the moment, but I am also experiencing emotions that are all too familiar from the disheartening moment when softball was removed after Beijing 2008." (cbc.ca, 29 May 2019)

CLUB CAREER
She was the third overall pick in the 2011 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride, and played in the NPF for the next three years. "In 2011 and 2012 I guess I could have been considered a part-time member of the [Canadian] national team, as I juggled playing for both NPF and Team Canada. In 2013 and 2014 I decided to play solely in the NPF. After three years with the Pride, I was traded to the Pennsylvania Rebellion for the 2014 season. In 2013, I had noticed that my love for competing was slowly fading [so] in the autumn of 2014, I left the NPF entirely and reached out to national team head coach, Mark Smith. He was open to inviting me back to the [Canadian national team] selection camp in January of 2015." She returned to the NPF in 2019 as part of the Canadian Wild [national team] roster. (cbc.ca, 29 May 2019)


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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