2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
SoftballIn 1999 Darren Zack pitched his way to a third gold medal at a Pan Am Games. A member of the Canadian National Softball Team, he has played an integral role on each of the team's 1991, 1995 and 1999 Pan Am Games gold medal victories. Demonstrating his commitment to the sport of softball, Zack has become "without question, the most recognizable softball player and ace pitcher in the country" says Terry Baytor, Men's National Team Head Coach. Baytor adds "he is the epitome of fair play and sportsmanship, and one of the most coachable players I have worked with". In addition to his commitment to club teams and the national program, Zack still finds time to participate in a number of annual all-Aboriginal softball tournaments. A lifetime resident and member of the Garden River First Nation, he conducts various clinics and gives motivational speeches to Aboriginal communities and schools throughout the country. Zack's consistent level of performance has resulted in a number of prestigious achievements: 1992 World Softball Championship gold medal, 1996 World Softball Championship silver medal, 1996 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, as well as member of the National Softball Championship team in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997. Zack is a proven international athlete who has never forgotten his responsibilities as a role model for Aboriginal people, both young and old.