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Brendon Bonnor

Freelton catcher scoops scholarships

Freelton ballplayer, 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 and the Softball Canada Ethel Boyce scholarships for his fastball skills, academic achievements and community involvement.

Bonnor was nominated by coaches Dave Henwood and Rick Wardell, who described the player as an “encouraging and supportive teammate, who has always been eager to improve his game and help his teammates.”

This summer, Bonnor traveled with the Caledonia Royals rep team to New Brunswick to represent Ontario in the Canadian Men’s U18 Fastball Championship.

In presenting the award, Ontario Softball Association director Bruce Young noted that 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, is an Ontario Scholar. He won the Parkside Legacy Award for his involvement in school activities, which included band, hockey, volleyball and DECA.

The local resident was particularly thrilled with his latest accomplishments, as was his uncle, Chris Shewfelt, a backcatcher who won the same two scholarships in 1999.

Each scholarship award came with a $1,000 cheque, which Bonnor plans to apply to his university studies.

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