OTTAWA – Two Prince Edward Islanders will be inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame later this year.
The late Frank Hughes of Charlottetown will be inducted as an official, and current Softball Canada president Kevin Quinn, also of Charlottetown, will go in as a builder.
A total of five inductees, also including Ron Cooke (official, New Brunswick), Nancy Morrison (official, New Brunswick) and Donald R. MacDonald (builder, Nova Scotia), will be recognized. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, in conjunction with Softball Canada’s annual general meeting and congress in Charlottetown.
Softball Canada announced the Class of 2014 on Monday morning.
Hughes started umpiring at the age of 13, and first registered as a Softball Canada umpire in 1977. He umpired at four Canadian championships before obtaining his Level V certification in 1991, and served as an umpire-in-chief or deputy umpire-in-chief at four other championships.
Hughes was also a member of Softball P.E.I.’s executive for over 20 years, holding several positions such as ladies director, umpire-in-chief, treasurer and president. He was a big contributor to the development of umpires in Prince Edward Island, organizing numerous clinics, and was also frequently involved with local host committees for Canadian championships in the area.
Hughes passed away on June 24, 2012.
Quinn has served as Softball Canada president since 2001.
His involvement in the sport began at the grassroots level, where he played and coached for several years. After serving as vice-president and president of local associations around Charlottetown, he spent 12 years as vice-president of Softball P.E.I., as well 13 years on Softball Canada’s board of directors from 1988 to 2001. He also supervised 14 Canadian championships during that period before being elected as president.
Quinn has been instrumental in the development of the majority of Softball Canada’s programs and operations, and has also been heavily involved at the international level by attending several International Softball Federation congresses and events.
Quinn has supervised several major international events, and served on numerous technical committees and is currently a vice-president of the Pan American Softball Association.