‘My heart beats strong for you’: Mississauga athletes win bronze in Olympic softball


Two Mississauga athletes are on the Canadian women’s softball team that won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Janet Leung and Natalie Wideman both hail from Mississauga and have played softball through high school and university.

Both are part of the Canadian team that beat Mexico 3-2 on July 27 for the bronze. It was Canada’s first-ever medal in the sport at the Olympics.

Canada had lost to Japan in the opening round 1-0. The Japanese team went on to win gold against the U.S. squad.

Softball was dropped from the Olympics in 2008 before being added to this year's Games, but isn’t expected to be part of the Olympics in the future. It could be the only Olympic medal Canadian women will take in the sport, and two Mississauga women had a hand in it.

Wideman made a post about her Mississauga teammate on Instagram months before the games, with a photo of the pair smiling.

“Witnessing her growth over this past year has been an absolute gift. Being around you makes me a better version of myself. My heart beats strong for you woman!” she wrote.

Leung went to The Woodlands School and played for the Oakville Angels, the Scarborough Rays and the Guelph Gators before attending Brown University in Rhode Island.