SURREY â€” Tuesday (March 3) marked 500 days until the first batter steps up to the plate at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) XV Womenâ€™s World Softball Championship, to be held in Surrey.
A "Countdown Celebration" was held Tuesday at Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club.
â€œWe are committed to creating an unparalleled World Championship experience for everyone involved,â€ said Greg Timm, president of the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society, before the event.
â€œThe 500 days to Surrey 2016 countdown will be a great opportunity to celebrate the sport of softball.â€
The 2016 WBSC XV Womenâ€™s World Softball Championship will take place from July 15 to 24, 2016, in Surrey. This event will be the largest womenâ€™s fastpitch event in the world, with more than 30 countries coming to Canada to compete with the hopes of being named world champion.
Tuesday’s event honoured athletes, softball supporters and volunteers who have put countless hours into making the 2016 WBSC XV Womenâ€™s World Softball Championship a possibility.
â€œThe excitement is building as we hit the 500-day mark before the start of the 2016 XV Womenâ€™s World Softball Championship in Surrey,â€ said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
â€œBeing chosen to host the best womenâ€™s fastpitch players from more than 30 countries is a testament to our reputation as a premier sport hosting destination.â€