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Lochlahn pitched for Team Canada at a development-training tournament in Havana, Cuba this year.
June 11, 2018
All-Star Athletes
“I love the physical challenge, but also the mental challenge that sports like baseball present,” said Grade 11 student Lochlahn. “I love the fact that anything can happen and you just have to be ready for it!”

Lochlahn was born ready to play sports. She took to hockey when she was five-years-old and later tried her hat at lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving before she found her favourite sport – baseball.

“In baseball, you have to think two steps ahead of each play,” she said.

“Lochlahn is one of the most competitive and positive players I’ve ever had on the Branksome Softball team,” said Ms Stephanie Supino, teacher and softball coach. “She has been a true leader – encouraging her team and spending time with less experienced players to help improve their mechanics.”

Lochlahn not only is a great team player, she excels at the game too. This year she achieved a longtime goal of hers and was selected for both the U16 and U21 Team Ontario baseball teams. “The U16 team competed in Nationals in Vaughan, Ontario, and I was the recipient of two MVP awards,” she said. “The U21 team competed in Nationals in Stonewall, Manitoba, and after an undefeated run we became national champions!”

She also pitched for Team Canada at a development-training tournament in Havana, Cuba this year. “I played against the Cuban National team and trained under the supervision of the Team Canada coaches,” said Lochlahn.

That experience gave Lochlahn a taste of the big leagues. “One day I want to represent my country at a Women’s Baseball World Cup,” she said.

Lochlahn isn’t the only Branksome all-star athlete, her classmate Grace is a soccer and basketball wizard.

At four-years-old Grace picked up soccer and quickly excelled. In 2017 she was selected as the starting goalkeeper for Team Canada’s U18 women’s soccer team and participated in the renowned Maccabiah Games in Israel. “Our team won the bronze medal for Canada,” Grace said.

Grace is also on Branksome’s basketball team and has enjoyed dribbling on the court since she was five-years-old. “Grace was one of the cornerstones for the Senior Basketball team,” said Mr. Jordan Small, teacher and basketball coach. “She demonstrated tenacity, grit and an undying commitment to her teammates, both on and off the court.” “Both Lochlahn and Grace are superlative athletes!” exclaimed Katie Flynn, Director of Athletics.

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