Goals of the OIWFA

The objectives of the OIWFA are:

  1. To give women who are attending an Ontario University an opportunity to play fastpitch.
  1. To foster new friends and give new experiences to the women/student athlete of each team by introducing them to other universities, to players from the other universities, and to foster respect and admiration for their fellow competitors.
  1. To use Fastpitch Softball as a vehicle to help promote their University within their community.
  1. To help promote Women’s Fastpitch Softball.

 

History of the OIWFA

Year

Gold

Silver

Bronze

2002
Brock University McMaster University University of Toronto
2003
University of Ottawa University of Guelph  
2004
University of Guelph University of Windsor University of Western Ontario
2005
University of Toronto University of Ottawa University of Western Ontario
2006
University of Western Ontario University of Toronto  
2007
Wilfrid Laurier University University of Western Ontario University of Ottawa
2008
University of Western Ontario University of Ottawa Wilfrid Laurier University
2009
McMaster University University of Western Ontario University of Guelph
2010
University of Western Ontario University of Guelph University of Windsor
2011
University of Western Ontario University of Toronto University of Waterloo
2012
University of Western Ontario University of Ottawa University of Waterloo
2013
University of Western Ontario University of Ottawa University of Waterloo
2014
University of Western Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University University of Windsor
2015
University of Western Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University University of Toronto


 

2000

October

Danielle Galt (President of the York University Women’s Fastpitch Club) and Bekki Vineberg approach Doug Parry (Head Coach of Mohawk College at the time) looking for help to establish a league for Women’s Fastpitch at the Ontario University Level. Danielle explains that the York Fastpitch Club has been meeting regularly in a gym during the school term with no one to play. Last weekend in October 2000 sees York playing its first game (an exhibition game with Mohawk College)



 

2001

May

Doug Parry approaches McMaster University regarding the formation of a Women’s Fastpitch Club at McMaster University in Hamilton. Permission granted.

September

York and McMaster putting teams together. Three weeks later Doug is informed by David Cooper that the University of Toronto is holding tryouts for a Women’s Fastpitch team as well.

CanAm Classic Tournament at Durham College sees the first Ontario University game played between York and McMaster. York, McMaster and the University of Toronto schedule exhibition games between themselves and other rep/club teams. Word starts to spread.

November

Durham College of the OCAA supplies a meeting room, at no cost to the University teams, for a "first" meeting. By this time, the University of Ottawa is fielding a club team. Also in attendance at this meeting were interested parties from Brock and many others who had an interest in Women’s Fastpitch Softball.

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association (OIWFA) is born. Founding members are York, McMaster, University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. It is decided to put out the word once again and to meet in March 2002.



 

2002

March

Along with York University, McMaster University, University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa, the following teams joined the league for the 2001 season---Brock University, University of Western Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University.

May

The University of Guelph joins the OIWFA, giving the OIWFA 8 teams for a balanced schedule for September 2002.

July/August

The University of Waterloo fields a team. Waterloo is asked to play exhibition games for the 2002 season.

October

Brock University wins the first OIWFA Championship. McMaster gets silver and the U of Toronto gets Bronze.

November

The University of Waterloo is accepted into the OIWFA. Now 9 teams.



 

2003

March

Queen's University accepted into OIWFA. Now 10 teams. The University of Windsor decides to field a team for exhibition games only.

September/October

The University of Ottawa wins Gold and Guelph wins Silver (there was no Bronze medal game).



 

2004

March

The University of Windsor and Carleton University join the OIWFA for the 2004 season. This brings the OIWFA up to 12 teams. A team from Quebec had expressed interest to join the OIWFA for the 2004 season but was not accepted. They are being asked to play exhibition games with OIWFA teams this year.

September/October

The University of Guelph wins Gold, Windsor wins Silver and Western wins Bronze.



 

2005

January

The OIWFA received a grant from the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) for $850 to go towards funding the 2005 Championship Tournament.

2005 Championship

The University of Toronto wins Gold, the University of Ottawa wins Silver and the University of Western Ontario wins Bronze

October 13, 2005

It was announced today, that the BMO Financial Group donated $500 towards the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the 2005 Championship games. In addition, BMO Financial provides banking services for the OIWFA.

OIWFA Media Release, January 10, 2005

CAAWS logo

It was announced today by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) that the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association (OIWFA) was one of 12 recipients of its WISE (Women in Sport Encouragement) Fund grants of $850.00.

The CAAWS WISE Fund was developed in response to the ongoing financial need within the sport community. The Fund is made available on an annual basis to assist active girls and women and/or organizations offering sport programs targeted to girls and women. Over 600 applicants vied for the 12 grants of $850.00 each as compared to 255 applications received in 2004. For more information on the CAAWS and its WISE Fund please contact the CAAWS at  www.caaws.ca

The OIWFA is a Women's Fastpitch league comprised of 12 member teams from Ontario Universities. Whereas a couple of teams are fully funded by their respective University, some receive some funding and a couple of teams receive no funding at all. The monies received by the OIWFA will be used to offset the costs of the 2005 OIWFA Championship Tournament to be held by the University of Guelph in October 2005.

The OIWFA wishes to thank the Provincial Women's Softball Association, Softball Ontario and Softball Canada for their support. Without the letters of support from these associations, we would not have been able to make a successful application to the CAAWS.

We would also like to thank the CAAWS for the continued support of Women in sport, no matter what the sport.



 

2006

2006 Championship

Western wins gold and Toronto wins Silver. Because of the weather, the Bronze medal game was cancelled.

December 19, 2005

The OIWFA received a $500 donation from Parmalat Food Inc. This donation will help offset the 2006 OIWFA Championship Tournament expenses. The University of Toronto, the 2005 OIWFA Champions, will be hosting the Tournament.

It was also learned today that Rawlings, the supplier of the official ball to the OIWFA, has agreed to donate balls for the 2006 Championship Tournament.



 

2007

2007 Championship

Wilfred Laurier University wins Gold, Western wins Silver and Ottawa wins Bronze.

Oct 17, 2007

The OIWFA was Incorporated as a Not For Profit Corporation.



 

2008

Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Championship

Wilfrid Laurier University attends the first Canadian Intercollegiate Championship at the University of Calgary and wins Silver.

2008 Championship

University of Western Ontario wins Gold, University of Ottawa wins Silver and Wilfrid Laurier wins Bronze.



 

2009

Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Championship

Wilfrid Laurier University hosted the second Canadian Intercollegiate Championship in Kitchener and wins Gold. The University of Saskatchewan wins Silver and the University of Western Ontario wins Bronze. Also in attendance from the AIWFA was the University of Calgary and the University of Regina. Durham College and St. Clair College represented the OCAA. McMaster University and the University of Ottawa competed from the OIWFA.

2009 Championship

McMaster University wins Gold, University of Western Ontario wins Silver and the University of Guelph wins Bronze.



 

2010

Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Championship

No OIWFA teams attended the Canadians.

2010 Championship

University of Western Ontario wins Gold, University of Guelph wins Silver and the University of Windsor wins Bronze.


 

2011

Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Championship

The Canadians were hosted by St. Clair College in Windsor and the University of Western Ontario won Gold.

2011 Championship

 University of Western Ontario would be the first team to defend the Provincial Championships, University of Toronto wins silver, and University of Waterloo wins their first medal with bronze.

New This Year

Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo Warriors mark history at Provincial Championships as the first game to be streamed live on the internet. UW would prevail 9-5 in a back and forth match-up. All games at Stronach Stadium over the weekend were also streamed live with over 3000 viewers tuning in over the weekend.


 

2012

Canadian Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Championship

Western University wins gold, Durham College wins silver and University of Saskatchewan wins bronze.

 

2012 Championship

Western University wins gold, University of Ottawa wins silver and University of Waterloo wins bronze.

 

New This Year

The OIWFA makes history by being the first university league in Canada to take a united stance against homophobia in sport by partnering with the You Can Play Project.

The OIWFA was also featured on the Rick Mercer Report during the Provincial Championship tournament.

 

 

 

2013

CCSA Championship

The Canadian Collegiate Softball Association is formed, bringing together the OIWFA, the WCSA (Western Collegiate Softball Association) and the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletics Association) for a national championship each fall.  The CCSA National Championships were hosted in London, Ontario by Western University.  Western University wins gold, University of Ottawa wins silver and St. Clair College wins bronze.

 

2013 Championship

Western University wins gold, University of Ottawa wins silver and University of Waterloo wins bronze

 

 

2014

CCSA Championship

The CCSA Championships were hosted by the University of Calgary.  Western University wins gold, St. Clair College wins silver and University of Regina wins bronze.

 

 

2014 Championship

Western University wins gold, Laurier University wins silver and University of Windsor wins bronze.

 

New This Year

The OIWFA held league-wide awareness days for the You Can Play Project and “Pink Day in the Park” for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

2015

CCSA Championship

The CCSA Championships were hosted by Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario.  St. Clair College wins gold, Western University wins silver and University of Saskatchewan wins bronze.  Laurier University also competes from the OIWFA and finishes fourth.

 

2015 Championship

The Championships are hosted by Queen’s University; the first time being held east of Toronto since 2004 in Ottawa. Western University wins gold, Laurier University wins silver and University of Toronto wins bronze.

 

New This Year

The OIWFA again makes history by becoming the first university league in Canada to take a united stance on supporting student-athlete mental health by partnering with the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI).  The OIWFA held league-wide awareness days in support of SAMHI, the You Can Play Project and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The OIWFA introduced a new awards program this year, highlighted by awards for Athlete of the Week, Coach of the Year and the Outstanding Contribution

 Read the 2015 AGM Key Messages by clicking here.

 

2016

CCSA Championship

The CCSA Championships were hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, and for the first time ever, were held indoors in a golf dome after snow came early to Saskatoon.  University of Saskatchewan wins gold, Western University wins silver, and University of Regina wins bronze.

2016 Championships

The OIWFA Championships are hosted for the first time by the OIWFA Executive at Innerkip Park.  Western University wins gold, Brock University wins silver, and McMaster University wins bronze.

The following individuals were recognized by the OIWFA in 2016:
Outstanding Contribution Award - Steve Bottoms
Coach of the Year - Amelia Keech (Queen's University)
Doug Parry Championship MVP Award - Rachael Jacques (Western University)

 

 

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