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


Angelina Bomberry (Ohsweken, Ont.) is in her third year at McMaster University pursuing a combined honours degree in Indigenous Studies and Anthropology. A member of the McMaster Marauders Fast Pitch Team, she was named to the Ontario Interuniversity Women’s Fast Pitch Association’s (OIWFA) All-Star team in 2019. She also enjoys playing badminton and biking in her spare time.

Connor Brooks (Napanee, Ont.) recently began an electrical apprenticeship program through St. Lawrence College. He was a member of the 2020 U19 Canadian Men’s National Team and has been selected to represent Canada’s U23 Men’s National Team at the WBSC Americas Championship this Spring. Brooks has won a total of three gold and one bronze medals with the Napanee Express at the Canadian Championships in the U14 and U16 levels and was named Softball Canada’s Male Fast Pitch Minor Athlete of the Year in 2019.


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)