Following her Umpire of the Year accolade from the WBSC, Kyira Cox has been appointed to officiate the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
It adds to the international competition schedule for Cox who will attend the upcoming Australia Pacific Cup and Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball from 30 January – 5 February at Blacktown International Sportspark, followed by the WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand from 22 February – 1 March.
Cox will join the Travelodge Aussie Spirit at their return to the Olympics beginning in Fukushima from 22-23 July before the softball will move to Yokohama from 25-28 of July where the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be decided.
“I’m delighted with my appointment to the Olympics from the WBSC and can’t wait to get to Tokyo in July,” Cox said of her assignment.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to my time as an umpire over the years, particularly those who took the time with me when I first started out and shared their knowledge and experience that I’ve been able to build into my game.”
An umpire with over 20 years of experience, Cox has been a regular fixture at diamonds around the world, her 2018 included appointments to the Women’s World Championship in Japan, officiating first base in the gold medal game, and Asia Pacific Cup where she was plate umpire in the gold medal game.
Her standout year in 2018 led to her recognition from the WBSC as Umpire of the Year.
“On behalf of the softball community, I’d like to Congratulate Kyira on this fantastic appointment by the WBSC to the Olympic Games,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer of Softball Australia.
“It’s a fitting recognition for her dedication and outstanding officiating on the diamond, well done and thank you for your contribution to the game.”