May 27, 2008
DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Georgia Tech redshirt junior second baseman Jennifer Yee has been named the Delta Sports Hall of Fame Female Athlete of the Year and will be honored at the 2008 Gala Banquet and Awards Night June 7 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis was the male recipient.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Delta Sports Hall of Fame as Athlete of the Year, let alone having my name read on the same line as a player like Jeff Francis,” Yee said. “It’s great to see a small city like Delta produce such high caliber athletes, coaches and teams that can compete with the best in the world.”
Yee, a North Delta, British Columbia native, is redshirting this season so that she can train with the Canadian National Team in preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games in Bejing, China. Yee will return to Tech in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Yee had an astonishing inaugural season on the Flats. The Niagara transfer finished the 2007 campaign first in the Tech single-season record book in at-bats, while finishing second in runs scored. She started all 70 games last season and accounted for 25 multiple-hit games and 13 multiple-RBI games. Yee also set a new Tech school record with an 18-game hitting streak.
The international scene is not new for Yee as this is her third year in the Canadian National Program. In 2006, she played for the Elite Team and then was a member of the team that participated in the World University Games in Thailand this past summer.
The Canadian team is currently ranked fifth in the world based on its finish at last year’s ISF World Championships. Last summer the Canadians held their own against teams ranked higher. The red and white produced wins against Japan (2nd), Australia (3rd) and China (4th), and they expect to be in the thick of the battle for a podium finish in Beijing. Podium finishes in 2007 included a bronze at the World Cup, silver at the Pan-American Games, silver at the China Cup and gold at the Universiade.