Australian softballer Michelle Cox is a member of the women’s national team, the Aussie Spirit and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.
Therepresented Australia at the 2012 Softball World Cup, where the Spirit won Bronze.
Taking up baseball when she was seven, Michelle made the switch to softball at age 12 and quickly climbed the ranks. In 2006 she was selected onto the NSW Under 16s team. She has gone on to win four Gilley’s Shield with the NSW Women’s Open Team, the Firestars.
At 18, the NSWIS scholarship holder was named on the Australian Senior Team and made her first appearance at the 2009 International Southern Challenge in New Zealand where she made three hits including a home run. A few months later she competed at the Japan Cup.
Michelle relocated to the US in 2012 to study at San Jose State University and played for the university softball team, the Spartans. She was a standout player, recording a batting average above .340 in her four season and earning Academic All-WAC and first-team All-WAC honours.
In 2018, Michelle joined the Aussie Peppers for their inaugural season in the National Pro Fastpitch League and is a current member of the team.
Softball makes its return to the Olympics for Tokyo, after being removed from the program after Beijing 2008. With only 6 teams competing, Australia needed to win their final game of the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier to secure their spot at the Games. Michelle batted .364 and hit a stand-up triple to help Australia to defeat China 9-3 and qualify for the Games.
Michelle was named on the Australian Olympic Team in July 2021 and will make her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 when softball returns to the Olympic schedule.