Olympic History: Olympic debutant
Year Born: 1991
State Born: NSW
Outfielder Michelle Cox will make her first Olympic berth when softball returns to the schedule at the world's biggest sporting stage at Tokyo 2020.
Getting into the sport through her older brother who played baseball at seven-years-old, Michelle was then introduced to softball at school, making the switch when she was 12. She first joined the Davidson Club, but currently trains at the Manly Warringah Softball Association.
At 18-years-old, Cox was named to the Australian team, making her maiden appearance in competition against New Zealand. Upon her debut, she made three hits, including a home run. Later that year, she accepted a softball scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.
Michelle was a member of the bronze medal winning Australian team who competed at the 2012 World Championships.
Cox played college softball at San Jose State University in California, graduating with a degree in accounting in 2015. She had a batting average of .366 in her freshman year, the best on the team. She earned Academic All-WAC and first-team All-WAC honours.
Her hitting improved throughout her college career, ending her senior year with a batting average of .419. It was also in her senior year that Michelle had injured her hip running to catch a hit, colliding with and breaking the foul fence. She finished the season off before undergoing corrective surgery and was sidelined from competition for six months.
Michelle is a current member of the Aussie Peppers, a softball team based in Minnesota that plays in the National Pro Fastpitch League, under the tutelage of Coach Laing Harrow. Number 47 on the team, Cox has played as an outfielder since 2018.