Kyira Cox, a former softball player who turned her hand to umpiring, has been named the 2016 winner of the Vivienne Triplett Award.
Cox’s umpiring career reached an elite level in recent years, culminating in her appointment at the 2016 Open Women’s World Championship in Canada, in which she umpired in the gold medal game.
Last year she also umpired in the gold medal game of the Junior Girls’ World Championship in Oklahoma City.
The Vivienne Triplett Award was introduced in 1995 to recognise outstanding contributions to umpiring. This Award was incorporated into the Softball Australia Awards of Excellence when they were introduced in 2002.
Having been a high-level player before turning to umpiring, Cox draws on her playing experience and the relationship she has with players and coaches.
She has a strong focus on all fitness and physical activity and the culture it develops in all its areas from family activities, to recreational fitness and competitive sport at all levels.
Cox is keen to explore all initiatives both on and off the field, as well as giving of her time and experiences to assist umpires around her to further develop their umpiring skills.
She has also worked within the National Umpiring Committee as a Staff Member of the Communications Committee, taking on the role of DUIC Communications when the position became vacant handing over to the new DUIC. She then took on a position within the Umpire Development Stream.
Cox has been active at National Championships, where she has worked as both umpire and assessor, striving to assist developing umpires to improve their performances.
She continues to be active within NSW where she assists at clinics and academy sessions as a trainer. She has also held positions on the NSW Umpires Committee as the public relations, communications and umpire development member.
Cox is also heavily involved at NSW State Championships, filling numerous rolls as UIC, DUIC and assessor at many events. She continues to give freely of her time to assist in the development of umpires at local, state and national level where she shares her experiences and talents to further develop the standard of umpiring in NSW and in her new home in Canberra.