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
2013 Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients
Jessica Raymond, a fifth year Bachelor of Applied Media Studies student at the University of Guelph – Humber, is the captain of the Humber Hawks Varsity Softball team of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association and also played with the Brantford Intermediate Lady Red Sox this summer. She led the Humber Hawks to the OCAA Championship in 2012, and recently competed in the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association Championship in London, ON.
Jessica was the driving force in establishing the Humber Hawks Varsity Softball team. During her first two years at University of Guelph – Humber in Toronto, she commuted to Guelph for the opportunity to compete in the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpich Association (OIWFA) before successfully lobbying for the creation of a varsity team at Humber. She is an excellent ambassador for competitive post-secondary softball in Canada, spearheading the Humber Classic Bantam Girls tournament and organizing indoor skills camps.
Tom Fischer recently began his second year at the University of Western Ontario in the Bachelor of Engineering Science program. He is a member of the Wiarton Red Devils, who won the Gold medal at this year’s U21 Men’s Provincial Championship and went on to win Gold at the U21 Men’s Canadian Championship in Owen Sound. He also played with his local Belmore Stingers and Chepstow Aces teams.
In addition to playing, Tom has also been a registered Western Ontario Athletic Association softball umpire since he was 13 years old, and he has volunteered at his local softball facility. He has also played minor hockey in Teeswater and was on his high school swim and badminton teams. His other recreational activities include golfing, snowmobiling and snowboarding.
Previous Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients:
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)