Sisters Jade and Tyla Lee of Red Deer are playing softball for Team Alberta at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.

A special experience in itself, what makes these Games even more memorable is the fact that the pair are teammates for the first time. Despite having played the game for 10 years, the sisters were always on separate teams because of their age difference. That was until Softball Alberta selected them both to represent their province at the 50th Canada Summer Games.

In the crowd watching the girls’ every move are mother Cara and step-father Kelsey, as well as grandparents Sandy and Luke, who never miss a game.

Kelsey says he is proud to see them together for the first time as the girls get ready to depart for the United States to play college softball. “It’s great to see the girls playing together and share the experience of playing together in this tournament. They are both ready to go off to different schools in the United States, so to end this summer on this note is quite nice for them.”

At 19 years-old, Jade is the eldest of the two wearing Alberta blue and white in Winnipeg. She recently played for Iowa Western Community College and was named a two-time Academic All-Region XI 1st Team student-athlete, two-time All-Region First Team and Region XI Defensive Player of the Year. Jade was part of the winning team of the latest U21 Provincial Championships.

“It’s really special to play with her for the first time. I feel very comfortable. She’s someone I like to play with as we play quite alike,” said Jade.
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