Vernon Minor Softball president Chris Topping, left, along with his wife, Vicki, collects the Softball BC Small Assocition of the Year honour from MVP Athletic Supplies partner Matt Wilcott (award partner) and Jake Dewitt, president of Softball BC. (Contributed)

Vernon Minor Softball president Chris Topping, left, along with his wife, Vicki, collects the Softball BC Small Assocition of the Year honour from MVP Athletic Supplies partner Matt Wilcott (award partner) and Jake Dewitt, president of Softball BC. (Contributed)

Vernon Minor Softball top small association in B.C.

Local organization collects provincial honour at awards banquet in Vancouver

Chris Topping had to make a stop in Vancouver before winging his way east for a concert.

Topping, president of Vernon Minor Softball, was accompanied by his wife Vicki to the Softball BC awards banquet where he collected, on behalf of the local organization, the Small Association of the Year award.

“Vernon Minor Softball Association was excited to be just nominated as Small Association of the Year,” Topping said.

“To be recognized as the winner of this prestigious award is an amazing accomplishment.”

In 2019, Vernon Minor Softball implemented a new registration system and website, increased the number of umpires —more than any other association in the district—and hosted one of the largest minor softball tournaments in the province with 40 teams.

“We attribute our success to our great coaches, parent volunteers, and local sponsors,” Topping said.

READ MORE: Holmes goes to bat for the kids

The Softball BC Association of the Year award recognizes registered associations or clubs that personify the best of the softball community and exemplify its value statement: Softball BC seeks to build a fun, fair and safe environment for all participants to enjoy the game at any level.

Through strong engagement with its community, a vibrant and active executive board and consistently over-achieving volunteers, the Softball BC Association of the Year not only exceeds the provincial average for recruitment of new players, but also retains existing members at a high rate.

Vernon Minor Softball will receive a banner and plaque from Softball BC, a $1,000 gift card from MVP Sports (a partner for this award) and recognition on the Softball BC website and social media.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Members of the Okanagan Screen Arts Society received a cheque for $1,500 Thursday, April 15, 2021. The funds are to help the society’s efforts as they prepare take over operation of the Vernon Towne Cinema at the end of July. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon dealership gives Towne Cinema a lift

Vernon Watkin Motor Ford, in business for more than 100 years, donated to the theatre with nearly as long a history

Interior Health’s overdose prevention site in Vernon is saving lives. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon’s controversial overdose prevention site saving lives

Site sees fewer problems than expected, but some still want it moved

Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

The outbreak affected four staff, 10 patients and led to three deaths in just over two weeks

Black Crow Cannabis is just one of Vernon's many pot shops now open in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Kelowna has highest cannabis fees in Okanagan

Vernon’s 14 stores pay second highest business licence fees

Vernon Girl Guide Mabel Smith sells cookies to staff at Watkin Motors Ford prior to the suspension of sales. (Facebook Photo)
Vernon Ford dealership shines with diamond award, again

Watkin Motors earns Ford of Canada president’s award for superior customer service

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week

Here’s a quick roundup of the stories that made headlines across the Okanagan, from April 11 to 16

Penticton bylaw officers tore down a “pretty significantly sized” homeless camp underneath the bridge near Riverside Drive Friday, April 16 morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton bylaw tears down ‘significantly sized’ homeless camp under bridge

Many residents had made complaints about the camp before it was torn down

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

The towns of Osoyoos and Oliver and the Osoyoos Indian Band are beginning to look into the feasibility of a regional aquatic centre. (Metro Creative Graphics)
South Okanagan leaders team up to get ball rolling on regional aquatic centre

Oliver and Osoyoos have long expressed desire for a year-round indoor aquatic centre

Most Read