Vancouver Canadians help out Canuck womens team

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
The sixth annual Scotiabank Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Luncheon took place late last month in Vancouver that saw a very special cheque donation to our Women’s National Team program.

The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation generously donated $10,000 to the women’s program that saw National Team members Amanda Asay, Niki Boyd and Clair Eccles on hand to accept the donation from Canadians Assistant General Manager Allan Bailey.

The funds will help to offset costs for the program as early as this coming season as the Women’s National Team sets its sight on the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea in September. In addition to the Women’s National Team, the Canadians Baseball Foundation also provided support to the University of British Columbia baseball program and Challenger Baseball.

“We’re very grateful to the entire Canadians organization and their foundation for this extremely kind donation to our Women’s National Team,” said Baseball Canada President Ray Carter. “The Vancouver Canadians are a first class organization who truly care about baseball in Canada from the grassroots to the professional level.”

Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team program began in 2004 and to date Canada has won four medals (three bronze, one silver) in six World Cup events. Last summer, women’s baseball was included in the Pan American Games sport program for the first time ever and Canada came away with a silver medal on home soil after falling to the United States in the gold medal contest.

“On behalf of my coaching staff and all of my players, we are very thankful for this donation from the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation,” added Women’s National manager André Lachance. “Our National Team program has come a long way since 2004 so to receive support like this is truly special and exciting for us going forward.”

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.