Ethel Boyce Achievement Award
Mrs. Ruth A Laing created the ETHEL BOYCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 1998 through a donation in memory of her sister Miss Ethel Phoebe Boyce.
Miss Boyce was an avid softball player who had a professional and personal interest in people. She was particularly interested in young people and helping them to succeed in life.
The award is administered by Softball Canada and is given annually awarded to a female and male recipient. It is expected that the award winners will have exhibited leadership traits and skills in softball. Both recipients receive $1,000. The award is meant to help defray the costs of education and/or playing softball. The award winners will be announced at the annual Softball Canada Congress (formerly known as the Annual General Meeting).
To qualify for this award the applicant must be:
Registered with a provincial/territorial association
A resident of the province or territory
In attendance at a recognized Canadian post secondary educational institution
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) must be included whenever possible.
2015 Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients
Olivia Priestlay, from Ladner, British Columbia, recently began his first year at the University of British Columbia in Science. A member of the White Rock Renegades 97 team, she has competed in seven Provincial Championships and four Canadian Championships. In 2013, she helped the Renegades to Gold at the Provincial Championship followed by another Gold medal at the U16 Girl’s Canadian Championship, where she was named to the tournament All-Star Team and took home the Top Batter award. This past season, she was a member of Team BC.
In addition to softball, Priestlay is also a gold level soccer player with the Ladner Vipers and played Triple-A volleyball as the captain of her high school team. A strong academic student, she has earned several department awards in mathematics, social studies, french, science and physical education. She intends on playing for the UBC women’s softball team.
Greg Hammell is a third year Bachelor of Sport Management student at Brock University from New Hamburg, Ontario. He won a Gold medal at the U21 Men’s Canadian Championship this summer as a member of the New Hamburg/Stratford Cubs and was named Top Batter and Top Player of the Championship Round. He also competed locally at the Senior Men’s level with the Shakespeare Falcons. He previously won Silver medals at the 2011 U19 Men’s and 2013 U21 Men’s Canadian Championships, earned a Bronze at the U21 level in 2014 and was named the Top Pitcher at the U18 level in 2012.
Hammell played minor hockey throughout his childhood and also played volleyball, hockey and Slo-Pitch in high school. This year, he has volunteered for the Brock men’s and women’s hockey teams, and he previously volunteered as a softball clinic instructor in 2014. His softball goal is to be named to the Senior Men’s National Team Athlete Pool and represent Canada at the Senior Men’s level.
Previous Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients:
2014 - Brielle McCullough (SK) and Johnathan Baker (ON)
2013 - Rachel Proctor (BC) and Nicole Swett (BC)
2012 - Robin Mackin (ON) and Brendon Bonner (ON)
2011 - Shannon Galea (ON) and Austin Brown (ON)
2010 - Shea Black (ON) and Brent Mills (ON)
2009 - Chenelle Mitchell (SK) and Shane Boland (NL)
2008 - Anne Kelly (SK) and Erin Durant (ON)
2007 - Melissa Bowyer (ON) and Jaclyn Gibbons (ON)
2006 - Danielle Bradley (BC) and Josh Roach (ON)
2005 - Cassandra Morais (QC) and Chris Teichreb (SK)
2004 - Lindsay Miller (MB) and Chris Teichreb (SK)
2003 - Jennifer Schreyer and Brian Mayson
2002 - Cathy Ingalls (ON) and Derek Mayson (BC)
2001 - Melissa MacKinnon (NS) and Ryan Olde (SK)
2000 - Jacquelyn Novak (ON) and Justin Dauvin (SK)
1999 - Alison Bradley (ON) and Jeff Berry (AB)