An elite-level catcher as a youth, she was recruited at age 12 to work Kinsmen Girls’ Softball League games. Atkinson soon moved up to the Georgetown Men’s Industrial League and worked her way through the ranks to become a Softball Canada Level 5 official, later achieving International Softball Federation certification.
She participated in several Canadian championships as both an umpire and supervisor.
She holds a master’s degree in education and officiated at international tournaments including the 2007 Jr. Women’s World Championship in the Netherlands, the 2012 Women’s World Championship in the Yukon, and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto." Write from her induction in the Halton Sports HOF in 2017
- Awesome noreen your one amazing lady
- Love these!
- Wow! I never knew. And to think I used to play kinsmen league with her back in the day. What an awesome accomplishment 🤗
- One of the best umpires around and one of the nicest people. Infectious laugh, and great sense of humour. Wonderful that Noreen has been recognized.
-nice pic xo
- Bravo! Noreen when you umpired for my daughter’s games I always knew you would make the fair call. Congrats on making the most of your career.
- Great person
- Well done❗And well deserved of being inducted.
- Noreen was a super gal I have known her for years, she was a very fair and honest umpire. She was a great person to socialize with always upbeat. :)
- Great person went to school with her. A fixture at the ball diamond
-She once called a third strike on me that was two feet outside. It cost me a battling title in atom house league. I''ve never forgiven her for that!
- I had the greatest of base ball world to have ump, with this ladie She had all the answers to any ball called She was good and a real pleasure to work with at the ball games
- What a wonderful person!
-This lady is one amazing person💓
- Very fun on our road trips to Buffalo! Good on you Noreen!
- Congratulations Noreen well deserved
- Congratulations 👏
- Best umpire ever!
- She used to play a mean
game of Battleship too!! And Ladies Flag Football. Also a good bone collector.....😜
- Congratulations Noreen! Wonderful person.
- Great young lady.. Hello Noreen.
- Amazing lady awesome ball player and ump !
- She is pretty friggin' impressive and a great gal!! Good on you Noreen!
- Know her from school and Kinsmen softball days..great person. Congratulations Noreen on all of your many achievements... well done!
- Fabulous umpire and sportsmanship!
- Great umpire & terrific person.
- Great umpire, have the world of respect for her. Congrats