Photo Credit: Cindy Moleski Photography
Donna Veale was a fierce competitor who always understood the value of hard work. After graduation from Yorkton Regional High School, she enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan as a member of the Huskiette basketball team. By the time she had completed her years at the U of S, she had also joined the university’s field hockey and volleyball teams. In 1978, she was awarded the Valerie Girsberger Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship, athletics and academics at the U of S. In 1979, she won the university’s Bob Stayner trophy as the school’s top female athlete in a tournament sport.
Veale best became known, however, for her efforts in yet another sport – softball. Her strong defensive play, aggressive base running, and exceptional hitting kept her in the top ranks of Canadian softball for nearly two decades. As a member of various club teams, she played in twelve National Softball Championships in fifteen years. In that time, her teams came away with five bronze medals, four silver medals, and one championship—in 1978 as a member of the Saskatoon Harmony Centre team.
It was logical that Veale would play with the Canadian National Softball team. From 1979 to 1990, she was a regular on Team Canada, taking part in one Women’s International Cup (1984), and two International Softball Federation World Championships (1986 and 1990). She was with the team at three different Pan-American Games, finishing in 4th place in 1979, winning the gold medal in 1983, and taking a bronze in 1987.
Veale also worked behind the scenes to advance softball within Canada. She was on the Canadian Olympic Association Athlete Council representing the sport as it was being considered for inclusion in the Olympic Games. She was a member of the Softball Canada National Team Committee, ensuring that athletes’ concerns were heard by the sport’s governing body. She was also a member of the Softball Canada Player and Program Development Committee.
Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 16th, 2012.
- Participated in Under 18 Provincial Championship
- Competed in Saskatchewan Summer Games 1972 with a Zone 4 softball team
- Competed in Saskatchewan Winter Games 1974 with a Zone 4 volleyball team
- Canadian Senior National Softball Championships with Saskatoon Harmony – 1976 bronze; 1977 – 4th; 1978 gold; 1979 – 5th
- Canadian Senior National Softball Championships with Lashburn Bluebirds – 1982 silver; 1984 bronze; 1985 bronze; 1986 – 6th; 1987 bronze
- Canadian Senior National Softball Championships with Vancouver – 1988 silver; 1989 bronze; 1990 silver
- 1979 Pan American Games – Canada 4th
- 1983 Pan American Games – Canada gold
- 1984 Women’s International Cup – Canada 5th
- 1986 International Softball Federation World Championships – Canada 4th
- 1987 Pan American Games – Canada bronze
- 1990 International Softball Federation World Championships – Canada 6th