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


Casey Hogan (Hoyt, N.B.) is a third-year Recreation Management student at Dalhousie University. She was a captain for Team New Brunswick and competed at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, helping her team to a seventh-place finish with a .407 batting average in 10 games. In 2015, Hogan attended Johnson State College in Vermont and played for their NCAA Division 3 Softball Team

Hogan competed in four Canadian Championships from 2013-2016, and ran Timbits Softball clinics throughout the province of New Brunswick this summer. She also served as an assistant coach at the U14 level for the Fredericton Fast Pitch Association. In addition to coaching and running youth camps, she is also a member of Dalhousie’s Women’s Rugby team.

Jordan Pomeroy (Placentia, N.L.) is a strong academic student who recently began his first year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Memorial University. He was a standout member of Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, batting .474 with 18 hits and 17 runs in 11 games as Team NL finished 5th. He also competed at the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship in O’Leary, P.E.I.

Pomeroy made a good impression on the Junior Men’s National Team coaching staff, earning a spot on the Team Canada roster and he will compete at the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in Prince Albert. In addition to softball, he enjoys basketball, soccer and hockey, and volunteers his time as an assistant coach with a local minor team.


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)