Interviewed by Joshua Laska - Sports/Managing Editor
What was it like coming to America to play softball?
It was a big change leaving my family & friends at home but I always knew I wanted the experience of going away to play softball in the states so I was ready for it.
How much different is it playing at the Cal than playing for the Canadian Junior National Team?
Wearing each uniform is an absolute honor but representing your own country is a feeling you can never put into words. Both opportunities and teams have taught me very different valuable lessons.
What was it like to get the opportunity to travel to South Africa with the Canadian National Team this past fall?
Incredible!! South Africa is not only a gorgeous place but I was playing a sport I love with teammates, who I enjoy spending time with.
How hard was it to adjust to college play or national level play?
There’s always adjustments with new coaches and different teammates. Add on having to time manage all the classes, clinical hours, homework, practice and workouts made it even more of a challenge.
What was the hardest thing to learn at the college level?
I think just the adjustments of being away and balancing everything was one of the hardest things to learn.
What was it like getting your first hit in college?
Same game, bigger stage but of course a little sigh of relief once I reached first base safely.
How do you stay “in the game” during the off-season?
You have to know what motivates you to get better and do better. Sometimes, getting “out of the game” makes you better. You need to get away in order to realize how much you miss it and appreciate it.
What originally got you into softball?
I was always at the baseball field watching my two older brothers playing & I told my parents that I could do it too!
How many years have you softball?
I’ve been playing since I was about 5 so about 15 years.
What is one interesting fact that not everyone would know about you?
My family Doctor predicted I would be 5’10 when I was done growing. I’m currently 5’3.
Where are you from and where did you go to high school?
I’m from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I went to Streetsville Secondary.
What do you plan on doing after college?
Not 100% sure yet. I have a lot of different passions. I love health and fitness and hope to stay in that field.
What is your favorite tv show?
Who are your favorite sports teams?
Team Canada Hockey
What is your favorite food?
Peanut butter!!! And chicken. (Not together!)
What is your favorite movie?
Too many to list!
Do you have a favorite quote?
“You live and you learn.”
WIDEMAN’S SOFTBALL STATS FOR THE VULCANS
83 Games Played, 83 Games Started, 2 Home Runs, 14 HBP’s, 287 Putouts