Ellen Roberts is a pitcher for the Australian Women’s Softball Team who made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Joining her local softball club in Sydney northern suburbs at age five, Ellen had her mind set on pitching. She was selected to her first state representative team in 2008 and claimed that year’s Under 16s Girl’s National Championships. She went on win three consecutive National Championships with NSW at the Under 19 level.
In 2011, the young pitcher made her Australian representative debut at the Junior Women’s World Championships. That same year, Ellen relocated to the US to study and play softball for the University of Memphis, where over her four there she broke 25 school records including most strike outs in the university’s history.
Returning to Australia in 2014, Ellen debuted for the NSW Open team, the Firestars with whom she has since won six Gilley’s Shields. Later that year she was named on the Australian Senior Team for the Women’s Softball World Championship where Ellen and the Aussie Spirit claimed bronze.
Ellen returned to the US, signing with the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch League, before joining the Aussie Peppers who had joined the Fastpitch league as part of a partnership with Softball Australia.
Her outstanding performance in the Fastpitch League saw her recalled the Aussie Spirit team for the 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship.
After being omitted from the Olympic program after Beijing 2008, softball makes its return at Tokyo 2020. With only six teams competing, the Aussie Spirit had to win the WBSC Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier to secure the final place in the line-up. They defeated China 6-3 in the final game to clinch the ticket to Tokyo. Ellen was named on the Australian Olympic Team for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in July 2021