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Stéphanie Savoie named National Female Athlete of the Year at regional awards gala

RIMOUSKI – Stéphanie Savoie of La Pocatière, Québec received the National Female Athlete of the Year Award at the 35th Gala Méritas sportif du Bas-Saint-Laurent at the Hotel Rimouski on Saturday, November 14th.

88 applications were handed in to l’Unité régionale de loisir et de sport in hopes to capture 14 available awards. With her award, Savoie earned a $500 scholarship from Desjardins.

Savoie, a member of the Women’s National Team, is a 20-year-old catcher and has been playing baseball since 1994.  From April to June, she participated in training session with Team Québec in the Senior Women’s division and was brought on to play at the Baseball Canada National Championships.

Team Québec captured the gold medal in 2009 and Savoie was a key contributer in earning that championship. She finished second in hitting at the tournament with a .462 average while driving in five runs and registering four stolen bases.

While at nationals, she was recruited to play with the Women’s National Team at the International Friendship Series which grouped the United States, Japan, Canada Red and Canada Black. Savoie was the starting catcher for Canada Black and was slotted in the clean-up spot in the line-up.

Canada Black would go on to win the tournament. As for Savoie, she won the tournament’s batting title and was named Top Hitter of the event. She hopes to play in the 2010 Women’s World Cup for Team Canada.

Savoie is currently a student at the Université Laval and has a grade point average of 3.7.