POSTED: September 12th 2014

World Baseball Softball Confederation appoints softball athlete Gouthro to assistant executive director for international softball

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(SFC) Softball player Laurie Gouthro was named assistant executive director for international softball Thursday by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

Gouthro will oversee the management of the softball world championship platforms, including the Women’s Softball World Championship, and the planning, reform, and administration of international softball. She will continue in her role as technical director for softball for Special Olympics International.

Gouthro held the position of director of competition from 2001 to 2014, during which she helped lead the expansion of the championship platforms. Previously, the championship was held every four years, whereas it is now held every two years.

The Philippine was also instrumental in the creation of softball’s anti-doping programme. No softball athlete was found to have tested positive for drug use during her tenure.

“Softball has always been an important part of my life, and I am very grateful for al the opportunities it has given me,” the Florida Community College at Jacksonville and University of South Florida graduate said. “I am excited about this new position and welcome the new challenges that come with it.

“I look forward to working with our president, board, and executive director to raise the profile of our sport worldwide and to increase participation at all levels of competition through our championship platforms and development programmes.”

A quarter of the elected World Baseball Softball Confederation Executive Board are women, passing the International Olympic Committee’s mandated minimum of 20%, and the WBSC has expressed its intent to increase that number to “reflect the gender-balance” of the Confederation.

“The world softball community is grateful to have an individual with Ms. Gouthro’s experience,” World Baseball Softball Confederation Executive Vice President Dale McMann said. “We are proud to be able to promote women and athletes into leadership positions.”

Baseball and softball will make their next international appearances at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea starting 19 Sept. in South Korea. The WBSC will showcase its sports to parts of the world where dress codes and rules for participation in sport for women keep some prosperous athletes out of competition.

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