First Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament


Date: July 4th 5th & 6th, 2008

Location: Ottawa (Carlington Park or Hampton Park) (still to be determined)
Contact: Allan Read – or (613) 225-3837
Level: Men’s Intermediate & Junior (ISC II)
Entry Fee: $425 Canadian
Prize money: $2,000.00
Entry Deadline: June 22, 2008

On Sunday August 26th, 2007, the fastball community lost one of its’ best coaches for not only the City of Ottawa, but the entire country.

With the help of many ex-players, family and friends we will be hosting the 1st Annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball tournament this summer to honor a legend. The tournament will be open to all Junior men’s and Intermediate men’s teams. All proceeds of the tournament will go to the Gil Read Foundation which is being created in his memory. The foundation will help kids who are less fortunate compete in sports across the City of Ottawa.

If you are unable to attend the tournament but would like to help the cause, donations can be made directly to the foundation once it is complete. Please contact Allan Read at or Terry Cannon at for further information.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the tournament. If you wish to volunteer your time to the cause, please contact Nicole Dunlop at

I look forward to hearing from everyone. Good luck in 2008!

Al Read

For those of you unfamiliar with Gil, please see attached a small bio.

Gil started with T-ball in the early 1980s in Kanata and worked his way up. He guided his various age group teams to five provincial class A titles and made three national championships. Hi accolades include:

– Team leader for the Canadian women’s softball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

– Softball Canada’s team leader for the 2003 Olympic qualifier (gold) and the 2001 Pan American junior and senior women’s championships (silvers).

– Coach of the Ontario men’s under-18 team gold medalists at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Canada Summer Games.

– Coach of the University of Ottawa women’s fastball team, which won a provincial silver medal in 2005.

A dedicated volunteer with Softball Canada, he served on its coaching committee from 1995-2002 as a coaching instructor and master course conductor. He also was involved with the coaching committee and the initiation program.

He was president of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association in 2001 and 2002. He was a member of the Softball Ontario board of directors from 2002-04, and again in 2006. He remained a director and sat on the OASA advisory council and its athlete/coach ad hoc committee.

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