Pitcher Gabbie Plain is a member of the Australian women’s softball team, the Aussie Spirit, and will compete at her first Olympic Games when she takes to the field at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Gabbie first started playing softball at age six for her local club in Macarthur in south-west Sydney. On debut for NSW at the 2014 U17 Girl’s National Championship, Gabbie put the competition on notice pitching 19 scoreless innings with 31 strikeouts. Continuing her exceptional form at the junior level, Gabbie was selected onto the Australia under 19 team for the 2016 Junior Women’s Softball World Cup.
The following year the pitcher was elevated to the Australian senior team and made her debut at the 2016 Japan Cup at 18 years of age.
Gabbie’s continued dominance in the circle saw her selected for her second Junior World Championships in 2017 and earned her multiple accolades, including four consecutive best pitcher awards at the Under 17, Under 18 and Under 23 Girl’s National Softball Championships.
In 2018, Gabbie was offered a scholarship to the University of Washington. In her freshman year she became just one of four pitchers in the University’s history with a perfect game and helped the Washington Huskies to final of the Women’s College World Series. She would go to throw a second perfect game in her senior year. Throughout her college year, Gabbie set multiple records and earned an array of awards including All-American First Team and Pac 12 Pitcher of the year on 2021.
Gabbie returned to national in 2019 to help Australia to qualify for the Tokyo 2010 Olympic Games where softball would be making its return to the Olympic program after a 13-year hiatus. Australia progressed through the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier undefeated and took down China 9-3 in the final game to book the final of just six tickets to Tokyo. Gabbie was officially named on the Australian Team in July 2021 for the 2020 Games.