october2009

Glen Todd and Darren Zack accepted to ISF Hall of Fame+ many other items

October 25, 2009

Margarita Island, Venezuela


October25th, 2009
 
GlenTodd and Darren Zack accepted to ISF Hall of Fame
 
(MargaritaIsland, Venezuela) Softball Canada is pleased to announce that two members ofthe Softball Canada Hall of Fame have also been accepted into the International Softball Federation (ISF) Hall of Fame. Glen Todd, inducted to the Softball Canada Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2004, and Darren Zack, who will be inductedin Ottawa on November 14th,2009 as an Athlete, were both voted into the ISF Hall of Fame, which recognizes people who have contributedto the sport of softball on the international stage. The vote took place at theISF Congress which took place on Margarita Island, in Venezuela. The actual induction ceremony will take place in Canada at a later date.
 
Glen Todd, from Surrey, British Columbia, began his softball involvement as a parentin 1978, quickly moved onto the field as a coach and shortly after that becamePresident of the South Surrey/White Rock Minor Softball Association. Afterleading a rapid growth of the Association, Glen served on Softball BC’s Boardfrom 1987 to 2001. During that period, he was also instrumental in establishinga softball program at Simon Fraser University and was one of the driving forcesin the creation of Softball City in Surrey, BC, while also continuing to coachlocal White Rock Renegades teams, which became one of the most successful clubteams in the country.
 
“I worked with Glen when he coached, as an administrator with Softball BC andrecently as the Host of the Canada Cup” said Softball Canada President KevinQuinn. “In all capacities Glen was a real competitor and very hard worker whohas done a great deal in the development of softball in BC, Canada and aroundthe world. It is outstanding to see Glen honoured for his yearsof service to our sport.”
 
However,to this day, Glen is recognized both nationally and internationally as the Founder of the Canada Cup. Started in 1993, this event was built to provideCanadian players with the opportunity to compete against the world’s best hereat home. The event has subsequently provided hundreds of Canada’s best playerswith that opportunity and has become the cornerstone activity of the women’snational team program. The addition of the Future’s event has further deepenedthe impact of the Canada Cup.
 
Fo rhis part, Darren Zack is recognized as one of the top pitchers ever seen in the Fast-Pitch World. The native of Garden River, Ontario was dominating in the pitcher’s circle, and is a wonderful sportsman and aterrific ambassador for the game off the field. Zack has participated innumerous Canadian Championships, winning Gold medals in 1993, 1995 and 1996, and also won a Silver medal in 1992, along the way winning numerous awards throughout his career.
 
“DarrenZack is an outstanding athlete and an equally outstanding individual” statedKevin Quinn. “Darren’s name is synonymous with the elite of the fastpitchpitching fraternity. He has won about every award available to him in fastballcompetition, yet he has always had time to stop and teach any young athletewilling to learn. Darren is a tremendous ambassador for our sport and it isexcellent to see him honoured for his contribution.”
 
Atthe International stage, Darren was one of the most feared pitchers in theWorld, leading Canada to a Gold medal at the 1992 ISF Men’s World Championship,and Silver medals in both 1996 and 2004 at the same event. In fact, he was the winning pitcher of the Gold medal game in 1992. In addition, he was also amember of three Gold medal-winning Pan American Games teams in 1991, 1995 and 1999.
 
Softbal lCanada would like to congratulate Glen Todd and Darren Zack on their induction into the prestigious ISF Hall of Fame.
 
“Itis truly exciting to see both Glen and Darren honoured internationally by theISF for their long term commitment to the sport of softball” added Quinn. “Bothare very deserving inductees.”
 
Inother news from the ISF Congress, Dale McMann was elected 1st Vice President of the ISF. McMann had served as ISF Vice-President for North America since 1993.The ISF also passed a Canadian motion that would see World Championships playedevery two years in every category, beginning in 2012. The schedule will seeWomen`s and Junior Men`s in 2012 (even years) and then Men`s and Junior Women`s in 2013 (odd years).
 
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Formore information, please contact:
 
GillesLeBlanc
Manager– Marketing and Communications Services
SoftballCanada
(613)523-3386 ext. 3105

SWEEPING CHANGES AT ISF CONGRESS
Elections, Constitution, & New ISF Logo Among Numerous Developments
MARGARITA ISLAND, VENEZUELA – The retention of the world governing body’s leader, a new secretary general, and various changes among the regional vice presidents were part of the many developments coming out of the just-concluded XXIV International Softball Federation Congress held here. It was also revealed that extensive re-branding efforts will commence shortly, featuring a new ISF logo and revamped website.
In addition, the delegates approved a constitution that took effect immediately and they awarded two future world championships. Plus, a new class was elected to the ISF Hall of Fame. There were also changes to the playing rules, and visits from special guests. The latter included Venezuela Sports Minister Victoria Mata, Venezuela Olympic Committee President Dr. Eduardo Álvarez, and Venezuela Olympic Committee Vice President Mrs. Elida de Álvarez.
Don Porter was re-elected as ISF president, having run unopposed. Ms. LOW Beng Choo (Malaysia) is the ISF’s new secretary general, following elections that took place yesterday. She was previously the ISF deputy secretary general. Retiring ISF Secretary General Andy Loechner (USA) had been in the position since 1987. Two other women from Ms. Low’s region were among those elected by the congress, including a former Olympic softball coach.
In the five regions, a significant change was made in that each now has two vice presidents, plus there is a new position called non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean vice president. The changes are as follows:
VP Position
Elected
1st Vice President Mr. Dale McMann (CAN)
2nd Vice President Mr. Bob Leveloff (NZ)
Africa Mr. Guillo Marapjane (RSA)
Mr. Marumo Morule (BOT)
North America Mr. E.T. Colvin (USA)
Non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean Mr. Romell Knowles (BAH)
Latin America Mr. Antonio Morales (COL)
Mr. Jesús Suniaga (VEN)
Asia Mme. JIANG Xiuyun (CHN)
Mme. Taeko Utsugi (JPN)
Europe Mr. Ami Baran (ISR)
Mr. Andre van Overbeek (NED)
Oceania Mr. Darryl Clout (AUS)
Mr. Robert J. Steff, Sr. (GUM)
In addition, International Olympic Committee Members Mme. Beatrice Allen (GAM) and Mr. Meliton Sanchez (PAN) remain as members of the ISF Executive Council. Furthermore, the newly created constitution – which comes in addition to the standing ISF Administrative Code – will provide for the creation of an ISF Board of Directors and gives a new, forward direction for the world governing body.

Based on bids that had been presented, the ISF IX Junior Men’s World Championship in 2012 was awarded to Parana, Argentina, and the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship in 2013 was awarded to North Shore City, New Zealand. Dates for both tournaments will be announced at a later time. The event three years from now will mark the first ISF world championship to be held in South America.
Newly elected to the ISF Hall of Fame are the following:


PLAYERS: Peter Clout (AUS), Naomi Ellis (BAH), Rhonda Hira (NZ), Sally (McDermid) McCreedy (AUS), Nobunori Nishimura (Japan), Mark Sorenson (NZ), Darren Zack (CAN)
UMPIRES:
Eduardo Jose Falcon (VEN), John McAuliffe (AUS), Wayne Saunders (NZ)
ADMINISTRATORS: Ivan Eduardo Briceno C. (VEN), Philippa Griffith-Bailey (BIZ), Viatcheslav Smagin (RUS), Robert J. Steffy Sr. (GUM), Glen Todd (CAN)
COACHES: Naomi Shaw (NZ)
MERITORIOUS SERVICE: Jacinto David Amaiz (VEN), Don Tricker (NZ)
Also, two individuals were announced as recipients of the prestigious ISF Medal of Honor. Retiring ISF 1st Vice President Clovis Lodewijks (AHO) and Secretary General Andy Loechner (USA) became just the eleventh and twelfth recipients of the award.
The next ISF Congress will take place in October 2011, with the site to be announced at a later date.
 
About the ISF
The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 128 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
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