Seneca student wins Pan Am gold
Jenna Caira can now add a gold medal to her already impressive resume.
On Sunday, the Public Relations - Corporate Communications student and her Team Canada teammates upset the heavily favoured Americans 4-2 to win gold in women’s softball on the closing day of the Pan American Games.
The Canadians were the heavy underdogs as the Americans went undefeated in the tournament. Going into the final game, the U.S. had won eight golds in the nine year’s women’s softball has been played, with Canada winning the other 32 years ago.
Jenna, the team’s star pitcher, got her team into the gold medal game after a solid performance in the semi finals against Puerto Rico. She pitched more than 4 innings, striking out eight batters. It was her second win of the tournment.
Jenna, who grew up in Richmond Hill, has been playing softball for 22 years and joined the Canadian national team seven years ago. She is considered one of the top pitchers in the world, having helped Canada previously capture silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Before studying at the College, Jenna was recruited to attend and play softball for Syracuse University on a full scholarship. In addition to being named an All-American, she is the first pitcher in Syracuse’s softball history to record 1,000 career strikeouts.
Next up for Jenna will be a co-op placement at TSN, where she will get to combine her love of sports and public relations.