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Glen Todd, inducted to the Softball Canada Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2004, and Darren Zack, who will be inducted in Ottawa on November 14th, 2009 as an Athlete, were both voted into the ISF Hall of Fame, which recognizes people who have contributed to the sport of softball on the international stage. The vote took place at the ISF Congress which took place on Margarita Island, in Venezuela. The actual induction ceremony will take place in Canada at a later date.

Glen Todd, from Surrey, British Columbia, began his softball involvement as a parent in 1978, quickly moved onto the field as a coach and shortly after that became President of the South Surrey/White Rock Minor Softball Association. After leading a rapid growth of the Association, Glen served on Softball BC's Board from 1987 to 2001. During that period, he was also instrumental in establishing a softball program at Simon Fraser University and was one of the driving forces in the creation of Softball City in Surrey, BC, while also continuing to coach local White Rock Renegades teams, which became one of the most successful club teams in the country.

"I worked with Glen when he coached, as an administrator with Softball BC and recently as the Host of the Canada Cup" said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. "In all capacities Glen was a real competitor and very hard worker who has done a great deal in the development of softball in BC, Canada and around the world. It is outstanding to see Glen honoured for his years of service to our sport."

However, to this day, Glen is recognized both nationally and internationally as the Founder of the Canada Cup. Started in 1993, this event was built to provide Canadian players with the opportunity to compete against the world's best here at home. The event has subsequently provided hundreds of Canada's best players with that opportunity and has become the cornerstone activity of the women's national team program. The addition of the Future's event has further deepened the impact of the Canada Cup.

For his part, Darren Zack is recognized as one of the top pitchers ever seen in the Fast-Pitch World. The native of Garden River, Ontario was dominating in the pitcher's circle, and is a wonderful sportsman and a terrific ambassador for the game off the field. Zack has participated in numerous Canadian Championships, winning Gold medals in 1993, 1995 and 1996, and also won a Silver medal in 1992, along the way winning numerous awards throughout his career.

"Darren Zack is an outstanding athlete and an equally outstanding individual" stated Kevin Quinn. "Darren's name is synonymous with the elite of the fastpitch pitching fraternity. He has won about every award available to him in fastball competition, yet he has always had time to stop and teach any young athlete willing to learn. Darren is a tremendous ambassador for our sport and it is excellent to see him honoured for his contribution."

At the International stage, Darren was one of the most feared pitchers in the World, leading Canada to a Gold medal at the 1992 ISF Men's World Championship, and Silver medals in both 1996 and 2004 at the same event. In fact, he was the winning pitcher of the Gold medal game in 1992. In addition, he was also a member of three Gold medal-winning Pan American Games teams in 1991, 1995 and 1999.

Softball Canada would like to congratulate Glen Todd and Darren Zack on their induction into the prestigious ISF Hall of Fame.

"It is truly exciting to see both Glen and Darren honoured internationally by the ISF for their long term commitment to the sport of softball" added Quinn. "Both are very deserving inductees."

In other news from the ISF Congress, Dale McMann was elected 1st Vice President of the ISF. McMann had served as ISF Vice-President for North America since 1993. The ISF also passed a Canadian motion that would see World Championships played every two years in every category, beginning in 2012. The schedule will see Women`s and Junior Men`s in 2012 (even years) and then Men`s and Junior Women`s in 2013 (odd years).