Hall of Fame
Welcome to the Provincial Women’s Softball Association of Ontario Hall of Fame. It is here that we recognize and honour individuals and teams who have had a significant role in the development and growth of ladies softball in the Province of Ontario. Each year the P.W.S.A. will induct a maximum of one person in each category. The new inductees will be honoured at the Hall of Fame Dinner at the Annual General Meeting held in November of each year.
Please follow the links to review the eligibility requirements and the nomination forms. The deadline for nominations is August 31 of each year
For more information, please contact Dorrie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
When a small group of discontented women softball players were discussing the “sad” state of the game, they decided, while travelling in a car, to form a softball union for all of Ontario. It was a cinema ticket taker that became that union’s first president. At the tender age of 17, Ann Spalding was elected president of the Provincial Women’s Softball Union (later known as P.W.S.A.) at a meeting held at the Central YMCA.
While it was hard to schedule meetings due to work and family commitments it was sometimes harder to find transportation. Ann once rode in a transport truck from Preston to Toronto just to get to a meeting.
Miss Spalding who also served as the 2nd vice-president of the Amateur Athletic Association(AAU) had to deal with male “advisors” within the AAU. Even though she was dealing with men much older and with many years of sports experience she usually got her way with the rulings and negotiations of her beloved sport.
In recognition of Ann’s dedication we have made her our inaugural inductee.
Builder - Bette Kalailieff
Bette is a life member of the PWSA having served 13 years as President, 8 years as Treasurer and as a board member for over 50 years. Bette formed the Port Colborne Comettes in 1958 and was a player, coach and manager during her 43 years with the team. The City of Port Colborne named her Citizen of the year in 1985 and was the YWCA Niagara Sportswoman of the year in 1988. For 8 years, she was the Ontario Commissioner for Softball Canada and was one of 3 the founding members of Softball Ontario.
She is in Softball Canada Hall of Fame and has received many accolades, some of the highlights being: PWSA volunteer of the year; PWSA Bette Kalailieff Scholarship Award; Canadian Amateur Softball Association Service Award; the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award and the Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Award.
Coach - Lori Sippel
Now in her 30th season with the Huskers, Lori Sippel has produced more All Region pitchers than any other coach in the Midwest Region and has at least 5 All American pitchers to her credit. Lori and the coaching staff at Nebraska have been named the Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year 3 times.
Lori coached Team Canada to a 4th place finish at the 2008 Olympics and was an Olympian herself at the 1996 games.
As one of the best pitchers ever to come out of Ontario, Lori was on the National Team for an incredible 16 years. Her Team Canada and Nebraska Huskers jerseys have both been retired. A talented college athlete she ended her playing career at Nebraska with 17 individual records.
She is a member of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame and International Softball Federation Hall of Fame... 1 of only 5 people from the U.S. or Canada to be awarded such an honour.
Athlete - Doris "Dodie" Pepper
Starting her softball career in Ridgeway, Dodie won an Ontario Intermediate Championship there before heading to Senior ball in Fort Erie where she pitched for 22 years. During that time, she was an MVP or All Star an amazing 26 times. Dodie was one of the dominant pitchers in her era winning the PWSA championships 6 times, Ontario Championship 7 times with three second place finishes and the prestigious CNE Bulova Watch Championships 3 times also with 3 second place finishes.
Dodie and her teammates from Fort Erie won the Canadian Championships in 1966 and were medalists in 4 other Canadian Championships. These same girls won a silver medal in the 1967 Pan Am games and Dodie was an MVP or All Star Pitcher in each of these events. Dodie is a member of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame since 1987.
Team - Brantford Bobcats
The Brantford Bobcats won a National Championship in every division...and are the ONLY team in CANADIAN history to do so.
2004 Squirt Provincial Champions
2006 Novice Provincial Champions & Canadian Champions
2007 Bantam Provincial Champions
2008 Bantam Provincial Champions & Canadian Champions
2009 & 2010 Midget Provincial Silver Medalists
2011 Midget Provincial Champions & Canadian Champions
2012 Junior Provincial Champions & Canadian Champions
2013 Junior Provincial Champions
2014 Junior Provincial Champions
Team Members include: Natalie Becker, Lindsay Burman, Carly Cameron, Spencer Candy, Victoria Candy, Stacy Cox, Quinn Hall, Lindsay Hayward, Jessica Hitchcock, Shelby Kerr, Alika Kingsbury, Michele Maurer, Shaina McDonald, Lauren McLaughlin, Caitlin Moroz, Erika Polidori, Shelby Robblee, Taylor Scott, Vanessa Squire, Tori Taylor, Carey-Leigh Thomas, Logan White and Natalie Wideman.
Coaches include: Todd Bannister, Dave Bourne, Erin Foeman, Doug Hayward, Jenny McCarthy, Ron Polidori and Roger Davis.
Officials - Sade & Wilda Widmeyer
Known as the King and Queen of Umpires this couple umpired some of the biggest games in Canada. Sade & Wilda earned a reputation for being the fairest and most knowledgeable officials in the softball world. They travelled throughout the province putting on clinics for local umpires and it was this clinic package that became the basis for the umpiring program at Softball Ontario and at National Level programs as well.
Sade was PWSA Umpire in Chief for 8 years and he developed the first umpires’ exam. He is a Life Member of PWSA, a member of Softball Ontario Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1997.
Wilda started umpiring in 1947, while it was still a male dominated career; she blazed the trail for the female umpires of today. She was the treasurer of PWSA for 2 years and is a Life Member of our organization. She is a member of Softball Ontario Hall of Fame and a member of Softball Canada Hall of Fame. Wilda also received the Syl Apps and Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Award and recognition from the Province of Ontario for her distinguished contribution to Amateur Sport and Fitness.