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A little bit of Whitby went a long way for Pan Am Games softball player Megan Timpf

A little bit of Whitby went a long way for Pan Am Games softball player Megan Timpf

Posted by PanamericanWorld on May 04, 2015

It may only be a small part of her past in terms of time spent, but for Megan Timpf, her tenure with the Whitby Eagles midget softball team was hugely instrumental to the player she has become.

And Timpf, 31, has become quite the player.

Now an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Timpf has never stopped playing the game, and has represented Canada at the highest levels. She has twice won silver medals at the Pan Am Games, in 2007 and 2011, and was part of the team that finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics.

Although admittedly "closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning", Timpf has at least one more burning desire to satisfy as a player, and will do so this summer as a member of the host team at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

She and her teammates learned on Friday, May 1, that they would open the six-team tournament on Sunday, July 19 against Brazil at the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

"Once I heard the announcement that the Pan Am Games were going to be held in the Toronto area and the softball venue being in Ajax, it really motivated me to keep playing," Timpf explained by telephone from Las Vegas. "The opportunity to be able to play in front of the home crowd and in front of friends and family who have supported me throughout my entire career, it's just an opportunity that I didn't want to miss."

Timpf grew up in Port Dover, on the shore of Lake Erie south of Hamilton, but played most of her competitive ball in Oakville, which didn't have a midget team at the time.

Eyeing a scholarship to the United States and having become familiar with Whitby coaches Rosemary Theriault and Bert Harris over the years, she jumped at the opportunity to play for the Eagles, even if it meant a two-plus-hour drive each way.

"For me, they were a good fit. They were competitive, they were great people, a lot of fun to be around. There was just a culture and a program that I wanted to be a part of," she explained. "It was with them on the travel ball circuit that I got the college exposure … They were really instrumental in helping me get into the college scholarship and grow my fundamentals of the game."

Timpf began her collegiate career at Campbell University in North Carolina in 2003 before transferring to California University of Pennsylvania and playing there through 2008. She served as a team captain for both teams and earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all-conference and scholar-athlete recognition.

An infielder, Timpf has suited up for Canada in more than 20 competitions since 2005, winning a gold medal at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, eight silver medals and six bronze.

With an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Cal U and a master's in sport studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she moved into coaching seven years ago and hasn't looked back.

"The game has been so good to me, so any way I can give back to it and teach the game is just what I love to do," said Timpf, who moved from Barry University in Florida to join UNLV as an assistant last year. "The head coach (Lisa Dodd) just took the program over a couple of years ago, so it's been fun to be able to be a part of developing a program and a culture, and coaching at the Division 1 level is a great experience."

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