B.C. girls’ baseball seminar to hear from new PhD Amanda Asay

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Prince George's Amanda Asay, who has been on the national team since 2005 and completed her PhD in forestry at UBC in the fall, is one of the lecturers Friday

How Amanda Asay handles a title tacked in front of her name should be a fun, lighthearted sidebar for Friday’s Baseball B.C. girls’ online baseball seminar.

Asay is one of the guest speakers for the event. The 32-year-old Prince George native has been a right-handed pitcher and an infielder/catcher for 14 years with the Canadian women’s baseball team and, over that time, she’s also played NCAA hockey at Brown University and finished her PhD in forestry.

“I was asked for this, ‘Do we call you doctor now?’ and said, ‘I guess you can, but you don’t have to,’” said Asay, who wrapped up her lengthy post-secondary schooling last fall and was part of UBC’s virtual graduation ceremonies this spring. “I saw it on the poster and it feels weird.”

@BCGirlsBaseball High Performance Seminar
Speaker Spotlight 7️⃣
Dr. Amanda Asay is a 14 year @BaseballCANWNT veteran, two-time MVP, 2006 All- IBAF Tournament selection, and a PhD.

We are extremely excited to hear Amanda speak on the topic of Adversity. https://t.co/0I9xHsRW8z pic.twitter.com/yIK1rVTK3v

— Baseball BC (@Baseball_BC) August 10, 2020

 

BC Girls High Performance Seminar
The Hot Stove Line Up!

Introducing the seven @BCGirlsBaseball ballplayers who will be fielding Q&A:

Amanda Asay, Liz Gilder, Marika Lyszczyk, Claire Eccles, Stacy Fournier, Allison Schroder and National Prospect, Katie Reyes

Get your Q's ready pic.twitter.com/PtqU8VUsGY

— Baseball BC (@Baseball_BC) August 12, 2020

The seminar, which is now free, starts at 5:30 p.m. and is expected to finish around 10 p.m. Check out baseball.bc.ca for registration details.

Alexis Brudnicki, a Toronto-based baseball development and special projects reporter for mlb.com, is the host.

Asay is scheduled to talk about handling adversity, as is 19-year-old Marika Lyszczyk, the Tsawwassen native who became the first female position player in men’s baseball at the NCAA level this spring when she played catcher for the Division 3 Rivier Univeristy Raiders of Nashua, N.H.

Other speakers include: Leah Pells, the three-time Olympic middle-distance runner; national women’s coach Aaron Myette; UBC Thunderbirds men’s coach Chris Pritchett; strength and conditioning coach Khyl Orser; and Cav Whitely, the former Douglas College men’s coach and Baseball Canada’s 2018 elite coach of the year.

Whitely is also a Prince George product, so there’s a built-in kinship with Asay.

“Prince George has to stick together,” she said while talking up the speaking group.

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— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) August 12, 2020

BC Girls High Performance Seminar Speaker Spotlight 2️⃣

Our second Speaker Spotlight for the upcoming @BCGirlsBaseball High Performance Seminar is on 3-Time Olympian, Leah Pells.

We are extremely excited to have Leah talk about Resilience in Sport!https://t.co/0I9xHsRW8z pic.twitter.com/Bk8jSOJgw7

— Baseball BC (@Baseball_BC) August 5, 2020

There’s also a hot stove segment on Friday featuring national team level players Asay, Lyszczyk, Claire Eccles, Stacy Fournier, Liz Gilder, Allison Schroder and Katie Reyes.

Some may remember Eccles, a 22-year-old left-hander from Surrey, from her two stints with the Victoria HarbourCats, who play in a men’s collegiate all-star summer league.

“With the roundtable, there’s a lot of different experiences. Everyone didn’t follow the same path but we’ve all gotten basically to the same spot, so it’s going to be interesting to see what everyone has to say,” said Asay.

“It would have been pretty cool to listen to something like this when I was a young player. I think it would have been really exciting. Growing up, when there was an opportunity for me to do something, I was always ready. I was like, ‘Is there a place for me?’ I was going to try to fit in.

“I think one of the biggest things I want to tell the young players is that if this is what you love to do and you’re willing to just work hard, you can find a way. More places are opening up all the time if baseball is your passion. I want to encourage them to keep going.”

Asay made the national team in 2005 as a 17-year-old. The following season, she was picked the squad’s most valuable player, enhanced by her making the all-star team at the World Cup in Taiwan that summer.

She’s kept driving, both athletically and academically. It took her 11 years to complete her schooling.

“I’ve been a competitive person in more than one aspect of my life,” said Asay, who is working on a forestry project in Nelson currently. “I didn’t take stereotypical paths. I think I pushed myself in that way.”

Last August she was part of a Canadian national team with an average age of 20 during its World Cup qualifying tournament. This year’s World Cup was slated for Monterrey, Mexico, from Sept. 11-20, but was pushed back to Nov. 12-21 in Tijuana due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Assuming the tournament happens and assuming Asay plays, it will be her eighth World Cup.

“This has been hard. There’s not a lot of people playing baseball this summer. Baseball wise, it feels like February,” Asay said.

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