November 20, 2018

Winnipeg
-9° C, Light snow

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Pitchin' sisters have a plate full of Olympic pride

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/3/2018 (249 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

They don't have medals to show for it, but Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw and her younger sister Heather (Newsham) Ruby put on medal-deserving performances at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The sisters, who grew up playing softball in their family's yard in Charleswood, were two of only three pitchers on the Canadian women's softball team at the 2000 Olympics. The Newshams, the first pair of sisters to play on the national team together, proved that the young girls from Charleswood belonged on the big stage.

Heather, 23 at the time, allowed three runs in her four games on the mound, while Sandy, who was 27 at the Games, pitched 30 innings for Canada. Sandy led the team to their lone win of the tournament, a 7-1 victory over Italy, and did everything she could to get wins in her other two starts, as she pitched well in a 3-2 10 inning-loss to New Zealand and in a tough 1-0 defeat to China. Canada's inability to score runs at the tournament held them back, and the team finished the event 1-6.

"We consider ourselves the most unlucky team. We lost five games by one run," said Heather, who spent five years on the national team. "Overall pitching performance, we couldn't be happier. We just struggled, hitting-wise. A part of that was international experience, playing at that level, seeing that kind of pitching, I think our team struggled with that."

Get the full story.
No credit card required. Cancel anytime.

Join free for 30 days

After that, pay as little as $0.99 per month for the best local news coverage in Manitoba.

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Join free for 30 days

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/3/2018 (249 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

They don't have medals to show for it, but Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw and her younger sister Heather (Newsham) Ruby put on medal-deserving performances at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The sisters, who grew up playing softball in their family's yard in Charleswood, were two of only three pitchers on the Canadian women's softball team at the 2000 Olympics. The Newshams, the first pair of sisters to play on the national team together, proved that the young girls from Charleswood belonged on the big stage.

Heather, 23 at the time, allowed three runs in her four games on the mound, while Sandy, who was 27 at the Games, pitched 30 innings for Canada. Sandy led the team to their lone win of the tournament, a 7-1 victory over Italy, and did everything she could to get wins in her other two starts, as she pitched well in a 3-2 10 inning-loss to New Zealand and in a tough 1-0 defeat to China. Canada's inability to score runs at the tournament held them back, and the team finished the event 1-6.

"We consider ourselves the most unlucky team. We lost five games by one run," said Heather, who spent five years on the national team. "Overall pitching performance, we couldn't be happier. We just struggled, hitting-wise. A part of that was international experience, playing at that level, seeing that kind of pitching, I think our team struggled with that."

Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw, left, and her younger sister Heather (Newsham) Ruby in June 2000. (Jeff De Booy / Free Press files)</p>

Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw, left, and her younger sister Heather (Newsham) Ruby in June 2000. (Jeff De Booy / Free Press files)

Despite not getting as many wins as they had hoped, Sandy and Heather, who both work as school teachers in Winnipeg now, say representing Canada at the Olympics is easily the highlight of their careers. The fact that they were able to share that moment with each other made it even more special.

"It was amazing. We stayed in the same room together and everything," said Sandy, who won a silver medal for Canada at the 1999 Pan Am Games. "It's one of those things where, when things are going great, it doesn't necessarily matter who your teammates are, but when you have a little bit of adversity and things don't go well, it's really good to have someone who totally understands you and knows the right things to say all the time. And just looking out there from the dugout and seeing my sister out there, it was pretty amazing."

Heather, four years younger and less experienced at the international level, found it incredibly helpful to have her sister, who was one year removed from throwing a perfect game and a one-hitter at the '99 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, at her side.

"I think for me, being the younger sister, it really helped having a big sister there who could look out for you and do your laundry," Heather said with a laugh. "I didn't know how to do laundry, so Sandy did my laundry, so things like that. It really helped me out along the way... someone who had experience at the international level and could provide advice. It was really instrumental to me."

The Olympics wasn't the last time the sisters made history, however. When Heather was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, two years after Sandy, they became the first sisters to be inducted into the hall as individuals.

"For us, having the opportunity to play ball together was a really big deal," said Sandy. "We had a lot of success. We pushed each other a lot to get to the level that we did because there was a lot of sibling rivalry and competition between the two of us."

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us