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
2014 Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients
Kristen Byrne, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student at the University of New Brunswick with the intention of pursuing her studies in Law, graduated from Harbour View High School in St. John, New Brunswick in June. She has competed in provincial championships every year since 2006 and has been a member of the Saint John Spartans travel team since 2009, as well as representing New Brunswick at two Canadian Championships (2010 and 2013).
Kristen has been heavily involved with softball over the past few years, completing her junior development level through the National Officials Certification Program and serving as an assistant coach for the U8 and U10 Learn to Play programs in her community. She also volunteered her time with several extracurricular activities in high school, including the school yearbook and anti-bullying committee, and helped raise $13,000 with the Relay for Life as part of her Leadership class. In addition to softball, Kristen also enjoys several other sports such as field hockey, badminton, hockey, basketball, soccer and curling.
Alex Harding recently began a one-year degree in Business Management at the Atlantic Business College. A member of the Fredericton Birdstairs Twins intermediate softball team from the Fredericton Fastpitch Association, he is a two-time provincial champion (U16 Boys in 2011 and Men’s Intermediate in 2013) and was also a member of Team New Brunswick at the U21 Men’s International Championship held in Saskatoon in 2013, helping his team to the consolation championship.
Over the past two summers, Alex worked as a summer student for the Fredericton Fastpitch Association, where his responsibilities included serving as an instructor for the FFA’s summer softball camps and Learn to Play program, as well as being a CANpitch instructor. He also volunteered his time during the U16 Boy’s Canadian Championship held in Fredericton, and is a new umpire with the New Brunswick Umpire Association.
Previous Claude Deschamps Memorial Award Recipients:
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)