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

Application Form


KELSEY FORREST (Winnipeg, Man.) recently began her first year of a Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba, with an intent to continue her studies at Lake Region State College to play NJCAA Division II softball. She played in Manitoba’s provincial U19A league with Bonivital, winning a provincial title in 2022. Outside of playing softball, she enjoys umpiring locally and also plays hockey.

TYLER FRANKLIN (Moorefield, Ont.) is in his second year of a double degree in Business Administration and Financial Math at Wilfrid Laurier. He was a member of the Napanee Express that won gold at the U20 Men’s Canadian Championship, and previously won Canadian titles with the Express in 2017 and 2019. In addition to playing softball, he also volunteers as a local softball and hockey coach


2023 - Kelsey Forrest (MB) and Tyler Franklin (ON)
2022 - Belle Ashley (P.E.I) and Evan Despres (NB)
2021 - Angelina Bomberry (ON) and Connor Brooks (ON)
2020 - Alexis Huggart (AB) and Thomas Baker (ON)
2019 - Julia Berka (BC) and Owen Torrie (ON)
2018 - Megan Duclos (QC) and Isaac Lefebvre (QC)
2017 - Casey Hogan (NB) and Jordan Pomeroy (NL)
2016 - Taylor Lundrigan (BC) and Tyler Randerson (ON)
2015 - Natalie Wideman (ON) and Matthew Wardrop (ON)
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)