2022 Baseball Manitoba Awards Banquet Recap

This past Saturday we were proud to present our 2022 Awards Banquet in Brandon, MB. We honoured our best coaches, officials, players, teams, volunteers, and honorary members for their performances and/or contributions to the sport of baseball. The event was a great success, and we thank all those who came, enjoyed the evening, and celebrated another fantastic year of baseball with us. See more from our special guest speaker and the 2022 Award Winners below.

Master of Ceremonies: Clayton Dreger, Sport Director Golden West Radio

Presidential Greetings: Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President

Grace: Winston Smith, Baseball Manitoba VP of Policy

Guest Speaker: Jason Dickson

Jason Dickson, former Major League Baseball player and Olympian born in London, Ontario and raised in Miramichi, New Brunswick, is Baseball Canada’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His involvement with Baseball Canada began as an athlete back in 1991 when he competed for Canada and won a gold medal at the World Youth Baseball Championships in Brandon, Manitoba. He attended the National Baseball Institute (NBI) in Vancouver and shortly after was drafted in 1994 by the California Angels out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He pitched for Canada at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004 to finish off his professional playing career. Jason then began his extensive career as an administrator and executive. He was the Executive Director with Baseball New Brunswick along with CEO positions at Sport New Brunswick, Mill Cove Nursing Home in Mill Cove, New Brunswick and at the YMCA of Fredericton. He served on Baseball Canada’s Executive from 2010 to 2016 as Vice President, was named President in 2016, and was then named CEO in 2021.

2022 Award Winners

Grassroots Coach of the Year: John Magarrell (Domain)

Photo left to right: Louis Cote, Baseball Manitoba VP of Coaching, Lori Vassart (Winnipeg South)

High Performance Coach of the Year: Clinton Brandt (Mitchell)

Photo left to right: Clinton Brandt, Louis Cote, Baseball Manitoba VP of Coaching

Grassroots Team of the Year: 18U AA Gladstone Pirates

High Performance Team of the Year: Minor: 15U AAA Carillon Sultans

High Performance Team of the Year: Major: 22U Elmwood Giants

Photo left to right: Ed Kulyk, Elmwood Giants 22U Head Coach, Kevin Booker, Baseball Manitoba VP of High Performance

Honour Society: Vic From (Dauphin) (Posthumous) 

Photo left to right: Joe Allarie, Vic Fron's good friend (Brandon), Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President

Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Ceslak (La Salle)

Photo left to right: Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President, Stephen Ceslak

Derrick Dubell Grassroots Umpire of the Year: Nate Grant (Winnipeg)

Photo left to right: Nate Grant, Ashton Liskie, Baseball Manitoba VP of Umpires

Ron Shewchuk High Performance Umpire of the Year: Blake Swedlo (Bonivital)

Photo left to right: Ashton Liskie, Baseball Manitoba VP of Umpires, Ron Shewchuk (Minnedosa)

Larry Nicholls Umpire Award of Merit: Ferlin Asham (Brandon)

Photo left to right: Ron Shewchuk (Minnedosa), Ferlin Asham

Honour Society: Jack Reynolds (Brandon)

Photo left to right: Jack Reynolds, Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President

Honour Society: Andy Boehm (Portage La Prairie)

Photo left to right: Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President, Andy Boehm

Challenger Player of the Year: Jaden Whitney (North Winnipeg)

Photo left to right: Nicole Madsen, Baseball Manitoba VP of Sport Development, Brittney Langlais, Baseball Manitoba Sport Development Coordinator 

Female Player of the Year: Leah Peitsch (Charleswood/Tuxedo)

Photo left to right: Leah Peitsch, Brittney Langlais, Baseball Manitoba Sport Development Coordinator

13U Player of the Year: Riley Bullion (Winnipeg South)

Photo left to right: Brittney Langlais, Baseball Manitoba Sport Development Coordinator, Riley Bullion

15U Player of the Year: Nate Lodewyks (Winnipeg South)

Photo left to right: Nate Lodewyks, James Zamko, Baseball Manitoba Program Director

18U Player of the Year: Tyson Vassart (Winnipeg South)

Photo left to right: Tyson Vassart, James Zamko, Baseball Manitoba Program Director

Junior Player of the Year: Connor Cory (Wawanesa)

Photo left to right: Kevin Froese. Baseball Manitoba VP of Finance, Connor Cory

Senior Player of the Year: Ty Enns (Cartwright)

Photo left to right: Kevin Froese. Baseball Manitoba VP of Finance, Pam Enns, Ty's Mother

Honour Society: Neil Andrews (Brandon)

Photo left to right: Neil Andrew's family, Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President

Baseball Manitoba Region of the Year: Brandon Minor Baseball 

Photo left to right: Glen Simard, Brandon Minor Baseball Vice President, Blake Stephens, Brandon Minor Baseball President, Tony Siemens, Baseball Manitoba Past President

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at this event, and thank you to our guest speaker, Jason Dickson, for joining us. Congratulations again to all our 2022 Award Winners, and here's to another great year of baseball in Manitoba!

View the event program here. 

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