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Wayne Brown







Year Inducted


Sport Ambassador


Wayne Brown (D)



For just the sixth time a representative of softball takes his place as an honoured member of the sports Hall of Fame. Fredericton’s Wayne Brown has served for some 40 years as a leader in his sport, and more recently, as Dean of National and International softball officials, responsible for supervising some 8,000 in Canada and 90,000 in North America. His resume lists 42 national or international umpiring or supervisory assignments including the 1996 Olympic Games, the World Junior Championships, the Pan-American Games, the 1993 World Maccabiah Games, and countless regional and national championships. It has been quite a ride from his home base at the St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton to the highest of officiating offices his sport has to offer. His credo is really quite simple: “Umpiring is the only job where you have to start off perfect, and then improve every time out thereafter”. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 4th, 2005

Quick Facts

  • Involved in softball for almost forty years as an administrator, official, coach, organizer and technician 

  • A certified Level 5 International Softball Federation official since 1978 

  • Umpired in six national and two international championships 

  • Served as Deputy Umpire-in-Chief for Softball Canada from 1986 to 1994 

  • Umpire-in-Chief for Softball Canada from 1994-2004 and responsible for assigning Canadian officials for all national and international championships including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta 

  • Appointed North American Umpire in Chief for the International Softball Federation in 1995 in charge of 90,000 officials in Canada and the United States; 

  • Organized the first-ever Softball Canada national conference of umpires-the “Blue Conventions”- in 1997 

  • Coached the St. Mary’s Braves senior fast pitch team to a bronze in 1993 and a gold in 1995 at the North American Indigenous Games 

  • Host chairman of the New Brunswick Indian Summer Games in 1983 and 1987 

  • Sport New Brunswick Official of the Year in 1995

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