Claude Deschamps Memorial Award
The CLAUDE DESCHAMPS MEMORIAL AWARD was established in 1984 in honour of a former Executive Director of Softball Canada, Mr. Claude Deschamps.
This bursary is nationally administered by Softball Canada and is awarded annually to a female and male recipient towards their education. The recipients for this Award receive $1000.00 each and are chosen from the region* hosting the annual Softball Canada Congress (formerly known as the Annual General Meeting).
To qualify for this Award, the applicant must be:
Registered with the provincial/territorial association
In a minor category, for a minimum of two (2) years prior to the application
Be a resident of the province/territory
Be in attendance at a recognized educational institution at a post-secondary level.
Softball Canada by September 15 of each year must receive a letter of application, a completed application form, along with a letter of endorsement from the provincial/territorial office.
Note: Reference letter(s) may be included whenever possible.
Western: Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon Territory and British Columbia
Atlantic: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island
Central: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and Northwest Territories, Nunavut Territory
2015 Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients
Natalie Wideman from Mississauga, Ontario is entering her second year of a Bachelor of Naturopathy degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in 2014. A current member of the Senior Women’s National Team, Wideman competed at the US World Cup of Softball, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and won a Gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
She joined Team Canada as a member of the Junior Women’s National Team in 2010, representing her country at a Pan American Qualifier followed by the 2011 WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship in South Africa. She joined the Senior team the following year, and has competed in both the 2012 and 2014 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championships. She has instructed catching and hitting clinics, and has done several speaking appearances to inspire young softball athletes.
Matthew Wardrop recently began his first year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. A native of Owen Sound, Ontario, Wardrop won Gold medals at the 2014 U18 Men’s Canadian Championship as a member of the New Hamburg Heat and at the 2015 U21 Men’s Canadian Championship with the New Hamburg/Stratford Cubs. He represented Team Canada as a member of the Junior Men’s National Team at the 2014 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship, and later took home the Top Player of the Championship Round award at the 2014 Canadian Championship.
Very involved in his community sports programs, Wardrop has served as an umpire/referee in minor ball, hockey, ringette and recreational volleyball in Owen Sound. He played six years of rep hockey and also played basketball, volleyball and badminton in high school. He also volunteered his time pitching to four Senior Women’s National Team athletes in preparation for the 2015 Pan American Games and has worked with some local pitchers to help develop their skills in the circle.
Previous Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients:
2014 - Kristen Byrne (NB) and Alex Harding (NB)
2013 - Jessica Raymond (ON) and Tom Fischer (ON)
2012 - Cassandra Dypchey (BC) and Ty Sebastian (ON)
2011 - Kayla Richards (NS) and Myles Coldwell (NS)
2010 - Shirrae Muhr (SK) and Michael Friedrich (AB)
2009 - Patricia Séguin (QC) and Brendan Roach (ON)
2008 - Alisha Sherwood (NB) and Matt Fromm (ON)
2007 - Rebecca Hartley (BC) and Brett Casavant (SK)
2006 - Holly White (NS) and Ryan Boland (NL)
2005 - Geneviève Houle (QC) and Mathieu Roy (QC)
2004 - Melanie Matthews (BC) and Jordan Matt (BC)
2003 - Chasity Findlay and Joe German
2002 - Kimberley Baglole (PEI) and Robert Doiron (NS)
2001 - Katy Wolfe (AB) and Sarah Smiley (AB)
2000 - Kristina Chrisztopoulosz (ON) and Chris Shewfelt (ON)
1999 - Virginia Barbosa (NS) and Kenneth McCullough (NS)
1998 - Trevor Ethier (SK)