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Softball Canada – (Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce the following award recipients who will be recognized at the Softball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on November 12th, 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon. The Banquet will be held in conjunction with the Softball Canada Congress and Annual General Meeting, which will take place from November 10-12. As previously announced, Robb Andison (Builder, Yukon), Tom Bell (Official, British Columbia), Mike Hornak (Official, British Columbia), Dennis Milligan (Builder, Alberta) and Harvey Stevenson (Athlete, British Columbia) will be inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame during this Banquet.
                                                                     
The Home Run Sports Coach of the Year award will be presented to Jean-Yves Doucet from St-Leonard-d’Aston, QC. He helped to establish the Express de St-Leonard-d’Aston to provide boys the opportunity to play softball at a high level and compete at the national level. In 2013, Team Quebec won the gold medal at the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship and in 2016 they won the gold medal at the U21 Men’s Canadian Championships. In 2015, Jean-Yves’s coaching abilities were recognized when he was selected as an Assistant Coach for Softball Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team which won the bronze medal at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.
 
Aaron Poulin, from Hope, British Columbia has been selected as the recipient of the Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year award. He has been actively umpiring for 29 years, and after umpiring the Men’s Softball competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, he added to his international softball resume by working the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey this summer. He provides leadership and support as a Level IV instructor and presented a workshop at the 2016 Blue Convention in Richmond, BC. At the provincial level, he travels to clinics throughout British Columbia to evaluate instructors, promote consistency and mentors many of the province’s elite umpires.
 
The Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Lawrence Beatty from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His involvement began with coaching his oldest son but he quickly became involved with an administrative role, holding various positions in the Saskatoon Minor Softball League including several terms as President. Since 2000, Beatty has been involved in every Canadian and World Championship held in Saskatoon by leading the statistics and games control committee. This include four World Championships, the 2013 U21 Men’s International Championship and a total of nine Canadian Championships.
 
This year’s recipients of the Claude Deschamps Memorial Award are Taylor Lundrigan from Abbotsford, British Columbia and Tyler Randerson from New Hamburg, Ontario.
 
Taylor Lundrigan is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student at Simon Fraser University majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Psychology. She is the starting shortstop of the SFU Clan, competing in NCAA Division II and is training with Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Lundrigan was a member of Team Canada at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship where the team finished fourth, and won a Gold medal as a member of the Delta Heat at the 2014 U18 Women’s Canadian Championship.
 
Tyler Randerson recently began his first year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was a standout member of the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team, helping them to a Bronze medal at the 2016 WBSC World Championship with a 4-3 record and a 2.13 earned run average while striking out 61 batters in 42.2 innings. He was also a member of the 2014 Junior Men’s National Team that finished seventh at the World Championship.
 
The Ethel Boyce Memorial Award will be awarded to Kelyn Palmer from Greenwood, Nova Scotia and Derek Hyde from Tavistock, Ontario.
 
Kelyn Palmer recently began a joint Business Administration degree through the Nova Scotia Community College and St. Mary’s University. She began her softball career through Softball Canada’s Learn to Play program at the age of 5 and has competed as a member of her provincial team program since 2011, most recently as a core player for the 2017 Canada Summer Games team and has competed in a total of four Canadian Championships.
 
Derek Hyde is a first-year student at the University of Guelph, taking a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Food & Agriculture Business. He competed at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship as Team Canada’s starting catcher, hitting .333 and driving in three runs in eight games. He has competed in a pair of U18 Men’s Canadian Championships winning bronze and finishing fourth, and is also a member of Ontario’s 2017 Canada Summer Games program.
 
The Softball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be streamed on Softball Canada’s YouTube page starting at 8:00pm PST on Saturday, November 12 and will be available to be viewed later. The Banquet will be held in conjunction with Softball Canada’s Annual General Meeting and Congress in Whitehorse, Yukon, which will take place from November 10-12.
 
Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing and Communications
Softball Canada
O: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105
C: (613) 795-1996
gleblanc@softball.ca