Softball Australia legend Stacey Porter has been nominated to compete for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 award. Porter captained the Australian team that went unbeaten at the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier to clinch the ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and The World Games Birmingham 2021.
Porter led Australia to a successful campaign at the Asia/Oceania Qualifier, advancing to the Olympic Games 2020 and the World Games 2021. The 37-year-old veteran hit .500 along the tournament, with 3 doubles, 5 runs and 6 RBI.
— WBSC Softball ? (@WBSCsoftball) September 28, 2019
“It’s such an honour to be nominated by the WBSC for this award, thanks to them for recognizing the great year of softball we had in Australia in 2019,” said Porter who is currently playing for the New South Wales Firestars in the Australian National Championships.
“I feel very humbled to be representing softball amongst such a talented group of athletes from other sports.”
The infielder has put together a terrific career for over 17 years with Australia’s national team. Stacey was an integral member of the 2004 Olympic team in Athens, helping Australia to win a silver medal. Recognised as one of the best batters in the world, Porter then won a bronze medal with the Australian team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
In 2019, she became the most capped Australian softball player in history, donning the green and gold for over 430 games.
This is the 6th time that the International World Games Association (IWGA) is running the race for the Athlete of the Year. The award honours an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance in 2019, or for their social commitment or particularly fair behaviour.
This year, voting begins at 09:00 CET on 8th January and ends at 15:00 CET on Thursday 30th January 2020. As before there will be a fixed date, after which only the 10 candidates with most votes at that time will continue in the race, and this date is 20th January.
Here they are! Please meet our 25 candidates for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019: https://t.co/Wix9RUCUN4
— The World Games (@TheWorldGames) January 7, 2020
A total of 3,600 athletes from across the globe will participate in more than 34 sports at The World Games Birmingham 2021, to be held from 15-25 July. Women’s Softball will be part of the programme for the fourth time, after being played in Santa Clara 1981, London 1985 and Cali 2013.
USA won the Gold Medal in 1981 and 1985, while Cuba won the competition in 2013. Canada, Chinese Taipei and Venezuela won silver medals in the three previous competitions, while Bahamas, the Netherlands and Colombia completed the podiums.
The International World Games Association is an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The closer cooperation between the IOC and the IWGA which was set out in Recommendation 6.1 of Olympic Agenda 2020. It states that the IOC and the IWGA closely cooperate regarding the sports programme composition and their respective evaluations. The new agreement confirms that the IOC recognises the importance of The World Games as a multi-sport event and the IWGA is committed to develop its activities in the Olympic spirit and in conformity with the Olympic Charter.