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
2012 Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients
Cassandra Dypchey, a third year student in the Department of Arts (Art History and Sociology) at the University of British Columbia, played with Team BC this summer in preparation for the 2013 Canada Summer Games and is also a member of UBC’s varsity softball team. In addition to playing, Cassandra was also an assistant coach for the White Rock Renegades 2000 team.
Off the field, Cassandra has volunteered her time with a variety of events and causes, including the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, Softball BC’s Learn to Play program, and as an on-field promotional team member for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. All the experience she has gained from these major events should help her reach her career goal of working as a sporting event planner.
Ty Sebastian has just recently begun his first year of a Business Degree at Lambton College located in Sarnia, Ontario. He won a Gold medal at the U19 Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship in Fredericton, NB last year and was named Top Player of the Championship Round. This past summer, he competed at the U21 Men’s Canadian Championship and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
In addition to playing softball, Ty also volunteered his time as a coach and umpire in his local community and has assisted with several pitching and youth clinics. He has also been involved as a local hockey player, coach and referee.
Previous Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients:
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)