Lisa Turbitt (Milton, Ont.) rings up a runner on a close play at the plate. Two Canadian women break barriers for female umpires – By Scott Langdon
Shanna Kook and Lisa Turbitt are baseball umpires, not female umpires. It’s a message for youngsters they’re both proud to send across Canada.Kook, 34, is the only Canadian woman to umpire in professional baseball. She spent two years working in the Pioneer League in minor league ball. Turbitt, 46, recently became the first woman appointed to the World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Umpiring Commission and will be Umpire Director at the Women’s World Cup in Korea later this year. She has umpired 16 national and international championship tournaments.
“Back then, there were umpiring clinics for women only. It was great to see the range in age and experience of the other women and to hear their stories. I realized I wasn’t alone and that umpiring is a close knit community,” she said.