Patricia Landry had a golden opportunity to reconnect with the National Women’s Baseball Team. Anyone who has been immersed in the baseball world since childhood, would not miss such an opportunity.
It was a homecoming for Stéphanoise, who had positions as head coach of Team Quebec from 2011 to 2014, and assistant on the national team from 2011 to 2018.
“It was André Lachance, who has worked with the national team since 2004, who gave me this chance earlier, and it was he who contacted Vanessa Riopel, in Baseball Canada, to offer me this opportunity. I said yes right away and I was very happy. It gives me the chance to rub shoulders with the 41 best players in Canada and get in touch with some that I have already played with, and others that I have already trained, she says.
– I always kept in touch with the national team, even though I stopped being with. I had a professional job that made me travel a lot, so I made the decision to slow down. I was really looking forward to seeing how the team has developed over the last 15 years. There is a big difference between when I played it and today. “
The best female athletes – aged 16 and 30 – from all over Canada met in Trois-Rivières for national team selection. This evaluation and selection camp was held at Baseball 360 Trois-Rivières while the matches were played at Quillorama Stadium.
The person who works at Maison Carpe Diem in Trois-Rivières has himself had a brilliant career in baseball. She played her minor baseball with the Royals (in St-Étienne-des-Grès) before later playing in the Mauricie Rural Baseball League (LBRM). In 2004, she earned a place on the 2nd base and shortstop with Équipe Quebec before joining the national team as an outfielder from 2005 to 2010.
“My love of baseball came from my father. I was 4 years old and I was going to see him play ball. He started organizing mini-baseball for the 4-year-olds in St-Étienne-des-Grès, which is comparable to Rallye Cap in “I have always been so lucky to have good support in my baseball career and have met some great people. I had great opportunities that allowed me to travel to more countries and see different cultures,” she says.
New project on the stairs?
Coach Landry was not very far from his favorite sport, which is currently part of a high-performance pilot project.
“I am involved in a pilot project with baseball Quebec. We are trying to set up a first baseball academy, a bit like we find in men’s baseball. If the project is approved and works in the future, I will come on board! », Adds the person who is also a consultant in mental preparation.
“I became a coach to give back to girls and because I knew how to see what they do and how they develop. I also trained for a long time in basketball, at the Séminaire Saint-Joseph (SSJ) and at the Collège Marie-de-l’Incarnation (CMI). My goal is always to develop girls to make them better players, but also better people, she concludes.