A group of Charlottetown softball players, women aged 42 to 68, is heading to Italy next week to play in the World Masters tournament in Turin.

The Subway Sluggers raised $50,000 over the last three years to fund the team and make the trip.

"It's hard to believe because it's been a lot of work, it's been a lot of effort and I must commend the players on their hard work and their dedication," said coach Carol Mayne.

The World Masters is a tournament held every four years for teams with players over the age of 35. At 68 Carol White is the oldest player on the Sluggers, and she is thrilled at the opportunity.

"I'm excited. I'm just so pleased that they asked me to be a part of this," said White.

"At my age to get this opportunity to go to the Worlds, it's unbelievable really."

White doesn't see that age will be a factor in the tournament.

"Not to me, if you love your sport and play with your heart and do the best you can," she said.

"Nobody can ask for more at any age."

Competing against teams their own age will be a change for the women. In Charlottetown they say they have to play against teams young enough to be their kids.

"It's going to be quite a thing not to have to worry about these young kids running to first base so quickly," said Mayne.

The softball portion of the tournament runs from Aug. 2-11. Athletes will compete in 30 different sports at the games.