Having been a member of the Softball Australia Hall of Fame for six years, Marissa Warburton is no stranger to receiving awards.
But she added to her impressive collection recently when she was inducted into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, which now includes 201 members from 33 countries.
As Marissa Carpadios, she represented Australia 175 times during a stellar 10-year international career, playing mostly as a catcher.
Her career highlights include being a silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, having started every game of the tournament.
Since retiring as a player in 2006, Warburton has been a specialist coach with the Australian Under 19 Women’s squad and has played a vital role in the development of catchers in Queensland.
Bob Crudgington, former Head Coach of the Australian Women’s team and fellow ISF Hall of Fame inductee, said Warburton was the type of player who got everything out of her body and skills.
“Although quietly spoken, Marissa was an ultra-competitive player and a dangerous hitter,” Crudgington said.
“However, it was her presence behind the plate which commanded the respect of Australia’s pitchers and teammates. Intelligent and pragmatic, there was never any doubt that the team’s defence was in great shape whenever Marissa ran the game from behind the plate.”
Another former coach, Simon Roskvist, said Warburton was a dedicated athlete. “Marissa was not blessed with blistering speed, but she was blessed with determination, guts and skill,” he said.
“For over 10 years I had the privilege of watching her develop, putting physical setbacks behind her, putting up with 100 kmh-plus passed balls, but staying solely focused on the job at hand. When collected by an incoming runner at home plate Marissa would merely dust herself off and get on with the job.
“Marissa was respected by all she came in contact with; her playing peers, coaching staff, administration and management. A standout individual who managed to gel in all teams she was a part of, whether at club or Olympic level, her nature and friendly disposition made her the ultimate team player.”