MB Thunder Updates

Find the organizations latest news and  highlights below.

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AAA Manitoba Thunder Tryouts are Right Around the Corner

August 28

Manitoba Thunder will be hosting its tryouts for the 2023 season on September 17th & 18th at Chalmers Community Centre, located at 480 Chalmers Ave. Athletes of all skills levels and backgrounds are invited to try out. We would love to see you!

This year, we have connected with the North East Softball Association to expand our AA affiliate to include a winter development program. For that reason, both AA and AAA athletes will be evaluated on the same day.

Please visit our Tryout Registration page for more details!

U13's Compete Hard at their First 2022 Travel Tournament

July 18

The U13 Thunder team had the opportunity to travel to Sioux Falls this summer, with the goal of developing and having fun.. and that that they did! The heat, sun and long days wouldn’t dampen the momentum of the athletes, and after their first loss, they went on to win a number of games, taking their final loss in the semi-finals. 

The weekend was a huge success, with pitchers and catchers both performing well, and all hitters contributing for a sum of 27 runs in 5 games. Most importantly, they learned a lot, and  had fun!

U15's Take Gold at St. Cloud, Minnesota Tournament 

June 14

The U15 Thunder team made their first travel ball appearance in over two years and what a great weekend they had. They played hard and bonded as a team. This teamwork resulted in a gold place finish for the entire tournament.

 

Congratulations, you earned this! We cannot wait to see where you take the rest of the season. 

Manitoba Thunder Hosts Annual Quiz Night Fundraiser

April 9

Each year, the Manitoba Thunder holds an organization-wide Quiz Night to fundraise for the upcoming season. After a multi-year hiatus due to COVID, it finally made a comeback! Friday, April 8th was spent connecting with new families & friends, competing in the quiz with our awesome hosts and entering into silent auction and 50/50 for a chance to head home with some great prizes.

The night was a HUGE success, with over 25 teams in attendance. Check out some photos from the evening by heading out to the @manitobathunder Instagram!

Gaby Delorme & Maddy Dauphinais sign with Lake Region State College

March 21

As pitchers, Gaby and Maddy bring strength and even-keeled personalities to their new positions. When Gaby isn't pitching, she uses her speed to excel in the outfield, eating up everything that comes her way. Maddy shines at second base, taking every opportunity to put her quick feet and great glove work to the test.

They will be joining a number of Manitoba Thunder alumni currently competing for the Lake Region Royals, including Jacey Ledochowski and Tesia Hrom. We wish them the best of luck in this new and exciting chapter!

 

Ken Stewart retires from Presidency after 13 years of service

March 10

Ken became President of the Manitoba Thunder in 2009, at a time when the organization needed a lot of help. He dove into the role, donating a ton of his time to ensure that the organization would survive the coming years, and has been a pillar of the organization ever since. 

 

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and Ken has been a shining example of what it means to be a volunteer. The Manitoba Thunder is forever indebted to Ken for his efforts and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank him for his service. 

NESA x Thunder host a skills camp for U13 athletes

February 1

The Thunder and NESA organizations joined together to put on a U13 skills camp, with sessions hosted by AAA coaches and athletes. Each session was broken into three parts; offence, outfield defence and infield defence.

Offensive sessions covered the basics of hitting and introduced athletes to new drills, putting their skills to the test. Defensive sessions focused heavily on proper throwing technique, fielding technique and glove work. From the first session to the last, athletes showed interest, improvement and most importantly - HAD FUN.

We are looking forward to hosting more events together in the future!

Mike Ryan returning as Head Coach of the U15 Thunder

November 30

The Thunder organization is welcoming Mike back for his 4th season with the organization, as the head coach of the U15 team. Mike has 30 years of experience in the fast pitch world, as both a parent and coach. With this many years under his belt, he is an asset to the teams he coaches, our athletes and the coaches he mentors. 

 

Mike is also a certified CanPitch instructor, conducting pitching clinics in the North East catchment area throughout the Spring and Fall each year. Mike will be assisted for a second year by Donna Pyle.