FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2003
UMPIRES SELECTED FOR ATHENS OLYMPICS
The twelve umpires who will work the softball competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics were named today. International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter announced that the ISF Executive Council affirmed the appointment of the group nominated by ISF Umpire-In-Chief Merle Butler. The appointments include six female and six male umpires. There will also be three alternate umpires in the event that any from the initial selection become unavailable.
Mr. Butler, who at various ISF events including World Championships, World Cups, regional games, and other major international competitions, has observed all the umpires nominated, said, “I feel we have provided to the ISF the very best umpires available, who have extensive experience at the international level.”
Those chosen are as follows:
Haruhi Goto, Japan (female)
Kelly Hunter, Canada (female)
Debbi Lauderback, United States (female)
Neville Lawrence, Australia (male)
Marty Makar, United States (female)
Vincent Maoeng, South Africa (male)
Leilani Okuda, United States (female)
Leanna Pacini, Canada (female)
Wayne Saunders, New Zealand (male)
Santos Vasquez, Puerto Rico (male)
Pavel Vychodsky, Czech Republic (male)
Yang Yi, China (male)
Augustine Brea, Dominican Republic (male)
Weng-Meng LIN, Chinese Taipei (male)
Nicola Ogier, New Zealand (female)
There will be a total of 32 games played in the softball competition, which runs from August 14-23, 2004. The full schedule is available on the 2004 Olympic Softball page of the ISF website (www.internationalsoftball.com). Tickets remain available for the softball games. Details for purchasing tickets are also available via that same webpage.
For more information, please contact ISF Director of Communications Bruce Wawrzyniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 864-0100, ext. 229.