2019 OIWFA Championship Schedule Set

GUELPH, ON - The Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association (OIWFA) Championship is set for McMaster University this weekend.

Being hosted by the McMaster Marauders, the top eight Ontario University softball teams will compete at the Margaret Koropatnicki Softball Complex (100 Greenhill Ave) in Hamilton on October 5-6.

The OIWFA will be streaming all fourteen games over the weekend live on the Association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oiwfa .

The streaming will be free of charge, however the OIWFA does askviewers to make a small donation to support the operations of the OIWFA which is a self-funded league by the athletes via www.gofundme.com/OIWFA.

How to stay up to date all weekend:

·        Catch all the action by visiting www.oiwfa.org and clicking on ‘Championship Schedule’ on the left side of the website for up to date live brackets.

·        Twitter @OIWFA

·        Facebook www.facebook.com/OIWFA

On Friday night at the league banquet, the OWFA will be awarding league founder Doug Parry with the Outstanding Contribution Award. This award has been designed as the most prestigious honour the league can give; recognizing an individual’s outstanding, long-term contributions to the OIWFA and who has advocated for and promoted the OIWFA and sport of women’s softball over an extended number of years.


ABOUT OIWFA:
The OIWFA was created on November 3, 2001 by representatives from York University, the University of Toronto, McMaster University and the University of Ottawa.  OIWFA is now comprised of 12 university teams and over 200 student-athletes from across the province.

For more information, contact:
Matt Allen
OIWFA President
519-580-4120
matt_allen44(at)hotmail(dot)com

 

Doug Parry Named 2019 OIWFA Outstanding Contribution Award Recipient

The OIWFA is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award. This award has been designed as the most prestigious honour the league can give; recognizing an individual’s outstanding, long-term contributions to the OIWFA and who has advocated for and promoted the OIWFA and sport of women’s softball over an extended number of years.

This year’s recipient is the founder of the OIWFA and Head Coach of the McMaster Marauders from 2000-2009, Doug Parry from Hamilton, ON.

“When anyone in the softball community hears the words ‘university softball’ in Ontario, the name that comes to everyone’s mind is Doug Parry” said OIWFA President Matt Allen.”

Doug was undoubtedly the pioneer behind the formation of the OIWFA which has its roots beginning in 2000 when his McMaster Marauders played the York Lions in Durham College’s Can-Am Classic in the first ever recorded game of University softball competition in Ontario. Doug was the head coach of the Marauder’s from 2000-2008, capturing a silver medal in the first official season of the OIWFA in 2002.

Doug also served as the Association’s first ever Convenor from 2002-2006 and was pivotal in the governance to form the OIWFA as we see it today. During Doug’s tenure as President, the league saw astronomical growth to eight teams in its inaugural season in 2002 to 12 teams by 2004.

“The idea of the OIWFA was planted October, 2000 at my last game as the Head Coach of Mohawk College (OCAA) when I was approached by Danielle Galt and Bekki Vineberg (who were attending York University) re: the idea of a female Ontario University Softball League. Since then, I have had the honour convening and coaching in the OIWFA and have watched the league grow from 8 teams to the current 13. Over that time I figure approximately 1200 Ontario University female softball players have or are currently participating in the OIWFA and getting a great education at the same time. Every year I love seeing the teams, the players, their talent, their dedication and that of their coaches and the love for the game of Women’s Fastpitch softball at the Ontario University level that those involved exhibit. It hasn’t been easy for some of them. I hope to have many more years to enjoy the OIWFA.”

Doug is a true leader and ambassador for the sport.  He is still often seen at OIWFA regular season games and is a driving force to encourage female athletes at younger ages to consider their options of staying in Canada to play Softball while obtaining an university education.  It is not uncommon to see Doug still engaged within the OIWFA by assisting as a Games Controller, a Scorekeeper, and simply lending a helping hand as needed to Executive Members or Teams, especially during a busy OIWFA Championship. Doug has been synonymous with the OIWFA and maintains his appearance at OIWFA Championships to proudly present the Doug Parry MVP award of the Gold Medal Game.

Doug will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the OIWFA banquet held on Friday, October 4th at the King Forrest Golf and Country Club. Tickets are available by contacting Matt Allen at matt_allen44(at)hotmail(dot)com.

 


  

 

 

 

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