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2019 Softball Ontario Hall of Fame Inductees

 

 

Toronto, Ontario. (November 22, 2019) – Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the Home Run Sports (a division of Kahunaverse Sports) Class of 2019 to be recognized at Softball Ontario’s Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on November 23, 2019 in Oakville, ON.  The Banquet will be held in conjunction with Softball Ontario’s Softball Summit and its Member Association Annual General Meetings which will take place from November 22-24, 2019.

Each inductee will receive an engraved gold softball bat in recognition of their contributions to our great sport. This year see 3 new inductees to the Organizer/Builder category and the first ever Athlete inductee. Joining the inductees are family members, friends and members of the softball community to help celebrate this great accomplishment.

Please help Softball Ontario congratulate the following inductees:

Jeff Long
Athlete Category

Jeff has dedicated 34 years to the sport of Softball specifically Slo-Pitch. Throughout his playing career, Jeff made 5 all-star appearances while on his way to amassing 15 Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship medals, including 7 gold medals. During Jeff’s Canadian Championship appearances, he was awarded Top Player Round-Robin (1992,1995), Top Batter (1992, 1995), Medal Round Top Player (1994) and Top Player (1999).

Jeff then turned his love for playing the game into a love for coaching. As a coach, Jeff’s team made 12 Softball Canada Slo-Pitch Canadian Championships, winning 4 medals including 2 gold. He was selected to Coach Team Canada’s Border Battle Team from 2009-2011. During that time frame, Team Canada captured a championship title in 2010.  In 2014-2015, Jeff was promoted to be Team Canada’s Select Head Coach. Jeff’s passion for the game has taken him all over Canada, where he racked up several individual and team accomplishments that make him a surefire Hall of Fame inductee.

Robert (Bob) Weedon
Organizer/Builder Category

Bob has been involved in the sport of Softball in various ways for 40 plus years. Whether it was playing, Umpiring, Coaching or being an Administrator, Bob has had tremendous impact on the sport of Softball both in Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch.

He has been umpiring Slo-Pitch since 1984 and continues to Umpire today. In his successful career as a Softball Ontario/Softball Canada Umpire, he has been given the opportunity to umpire at prestigious events including the 1997 Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games and 1999 World Special Olympics Summer Games. That wasn’t the only time he was on a diamond as Bob coached Senior Men’s 50+ Slo-Pitch from 1989-1993 and then went onto to Coach a Women’s Slo-Pitch Team from 1996-2000.

Currently, Bob is the Zone Director at Slo-Pitch Ontario and has served as the Slo-Pitch Ontario Secretary-Treasurer.  Not to be overshadowed, is his long tenure as the President of Maple City Slo-Pitch for the past 42 years. Bob was previously the President of SPO, a member of Softball Ontario’s Board of Directors and a voting delegate for Softball Canada.

In relation to Bob’s 2019 Softball Ontario Hall of Fame induction, he was inducted into the 1999 SPO Hall of Fame as a Builder for his dedication to developing, promoting, and regulating the sport of Slo-Pitch. In 2006, Bob was the recipient of the Government of Ontario Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of sport in Ontario. Softball Ontario is much better off for working with Bob and it is only right that we induct him based on the merits above.

Lynda Turton
Organizer/Builder Category

Lynda’s strong leadership role throughout her involvement in the Softball community has led her to be a key aspect in Softball’s development across Canada. She has been heavily involved in the Canadian Championships in various forms for many years, across multiple levels. Previously, Lynda was the President of PWSA as well as Softball Ontario’s Chair for 4 years. Currently, she is a member Softball Canada’s Board of Directors, while she is the chair of multiple ad-hoc committees.

In 2017, Lynda was the Representative/Supervisor for Canada Summer Games and remains under that title for the upcoming Games in 2021. Due to Lynda’s success over the years, she has been the recipient of several awards including: Volunteer Service Award from Softball Ontario after 5 years; PWSA Service Award and PWSA Executive Service Awards; PWSA Life Member; PWSA Volunteer of the Year; and the Government of Ontario’s Syl Apps Special Achievement Award. We are excited to add Softball Ontario Hall of Fame inductee to this list as a small gesture of our appreciation for all of her continued efforts.

Al Harrison
Organizer/Builder Category

Al’s involvement over the last 30 years in the community of Softball has been incredibly impactful. Al has been involved in many facets in order to helping develop the sport. He was previously the Chair of Softball Ontario as well as a member of Softball Ontario’s and Softball Canada’s Board of Directors, while also was once a member of the International Softball Congress Board of Directors. Allan is currently an Executive Member at Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) and previously held positions as the Advisory Council Chairman as well as the Rule Book Chairman.

Al has had great success within Canadian Championships as he was the Canadian Softball Championship Supervisor for Softball Canada from 1993-2016. Furthermore, he was the manager for Team Ontario at the Canada Summer Games in 1993 before going on to win gold in the same role at the 1997 and 2001 games. Al was also the recipient of the 2002 Coaching Award from the Western Ontario Athletic Association, as well as 2004 Volunteer Citizen of the Year, and inducted as an OASA Life Member Award in 2005. A true builder of the game we are excited to celebrate all of the work Al has done and continues to do.