OTTAWA – An international playing career that’s included three Women’s Baseball World Cup medals and a Pan Am Games silver medal is now in the rearview mirror for Jenna Flannigan who has notified Baseball Canada that’s she’s retiring as a player from the Women’s National Team program.
The Cornwall, Ontario native was a mainstay in the Women’s National Team lineup for eight seasons making her debut with the program at the Canada/Japan International Series in Granby, Québec in 2011 and most recently at the COPABE Women’s Baseball World Cup Qualifier in Aguascalientes, Mexico last September where she helped Canada to a bronze medal.
“I have certainly taken a lot away from the experience and feel very fortunate to have met so many dedicated and passionate people that have shaped women's baseball,” said Flannigan. “I'm grateful for all the opportunities I had playing on the national team both on and off the field over the years.”
Flannigan made her world cup debut in Edmonton in 2012 by hitting a remarkable .520 in nine games as Canada captured the bronze medal with a win over Australia.
An injury kept her from participating in the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup but she returned to the squad in 2015 for the Pan Am Games in Toronto where Canada came away with a silver medal.
She returned to the world cup stage in 2016 hitting .375 including a team-leading nine hits as Canada won a silver medal at the 2016 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Korea before helping Canada win a bronze medal at the 2018 event in Viera, Florida with a .321 batting average.
Flannigan, a Human Kinetics graduate from the University of Ottawa, still plans to play baseball at a local level while she continues her career as a Software Development Analyst.