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Canadian softball player nominated as NCAA woman of the year

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OTTAWA (CP) - Canadian softball player Janiva Willis has been nominated for one of U.S. college's top honours.

Willis, of Irishtown, N.B., is one of 10 women nominated for the NCAA's woman of the year. The Canadian national team member and Winthrop University student has already been named South Carolina's woman of the year.

"I was very happy to hear that Janiva was named South Carolina's NCAA woman of the year," Canadian coach Lori Sippel said in a statement. "This award not only reinforces the fact that she is a fine softball player but more importantly, an excellent student, citizen and ambassador for the sport of fast pitch softball."

Willis has played for Canada in a number of events including the 2005 Canada Cup as well as the inaugural International Sports Invitational.

The woman of the year award is given to a senior student-athlete in intercollegiate athletics for their outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and community service.

The award will be announced at a dinner Oct. 29 in Indianapolis.

© The Canadian Press, 2005

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