Parkside High graduate Brendon Bonnor travelled to Markham recently to pick up two prestigious softball scholarships.
Bonnor, who is studying business and kinesiology at Western University, was awarded the Softball Ontario Annual Scholarship and the Softball Canada Ethel Boyce Scholarship, both awarded for his fastball skills, academic achievements and community involvement. Bonnor, who got involved with fastball when he was four years old, plays softball in Freelton and Caledonia. This summer, Bonnor travel;ed with his Caledonia Royals Rep team to Fredericton, N.B., to represent Ontario in the Canadian men’s under-18 fastball championship.
The Parkside graduate was nominated by coaches Dave Henwood and Rick Wardell, who explained Bonnor is an “encouraging and supportive teammate who has always been eager to improve his game and help his teammates.”
In presenting the award, Ontario Softball Association director Bruce Young explained Bonnor’s dedication to ball and his community involvement with Freelton United Church and Watershed Stewardships was also a big factor in choosing the winner.
Bonnor, who graduated from Parkside High in June, was an Ontario scholar who won the Parkside Legacy Award for his involvement in school activities such as band, hockey, volleyball and DECA.
Bonnor was particularly thrilled with the awards as his uncle, Chris Shewfelt, who is also a backcatcher, won the same two scholarships in 1999.