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The " Off " Season


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire "


For what is essentially the " off season ", Softball Canada has been very active.

Most recently, the WBSC Americas Under 17 Men’s Softball Qualifier was staged in Guatemala City, Guatemala with Matthew Weiler of Hepworth and Durham's Owen Rahn on the Canadian entry which earned a berth at the 2020 World Championships in New Zealand and won the Gold Medal for good measure.

Softball Canada also recently announced their athlete pool for upcoming Men's Championship plus also publicized the All Star Teams for a variety of tournaments including the Under 23 event last Summer at Saskatoon.

This weekend in Richmond, British Columbia, Softball Canada will host their annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet 

Among the award winners to be highlighted is Williamsford native Owen Torrie.

Torrie is one of 2 recipients of the Claude Deschamps Memorial Fund.

Established in 1984 in honour of a former Executive Director of Softball Canada, Mr. Claude Deschamps, the bursary is nationally administered and awarded annually to a female and male recipient to put towards their education. 

As a recipient, Torrie will receive receive $1,000 for his post secondary studies

Owen Torrie is enrolled in the Powerline Technician program at Conestoga College which will keep him almost as busy as his fastball schedule.

Over the last 2 years, Torrie has competed for the Junior Men’s National Team at the World Championship in Prince Albert, plus played for both the Shallow Lake Sting (Under 19) and the Owen Sound Selects (Under 23),

With the Sting, Torrie and his mates captured the Gold Medal at the U19 Men’s Canadian Championship at Duncan McLellan Park and individually he was selected as the Top Player of the Championship Round.

Fastball, Softball if you will, is in the " off season ", but it's a very busy off season maybe highlighted by the Hall of Fame and Awards Night this weekend in B.C.


I'm Fred Wallace


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