Kevin Tannebring’s contribution to softball as an Umpire has been recognised with the Vivienne Triplett Umpire of the Year award at Softball Australia’s Annual General Meeting today.
Kevin’s time with softball spans a period of over 35 years, attending numerous state, national and international events.
Highly respected by all those he met on and off the diamond, Kevin retired from umpiring at national championships in 2017 at the Under 23 Women’s National Championship, where he was appointed the plate umpire for the Grand Final. His colleagues, players and officials formed a guard of honour to farewell him off the diamond.
Kevin’s contribution to the sport went way beyond his umpiring duties on the diamond and he continues to train and mentor umpires in South Australia. He is always available to talk to umpires, coaches, and players regardless of where they are in their softball journey.
Kevin has also been heavily involved as a volunteer taking softball into the APY Lands in conjunction with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).
Over 14 years Kevin has made regular trips to the APY Lands (often eight four-day trips per year travelling up to 2800km per trip). He is the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Welfare Manager for all 10 teams in the Far North West League which spreads over 103,000 square kilometres. The Best and Fairest Award in the league is named in his honour.
Kevin’s relaxed and passionate approach demonstrates his love for the game, which is certainly shared by those around him.