Softballer Rachel Lack is a member of the Australian Women’s Softball Team, the Aussie Spirit. The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder will compete at her first Olympics Games at Tokyo 2020, where softball makes its return for the first time since Beijing 2008.
Rachel took up softball as a child and played for her local club on Sydney’s North Shore, primarily as a catcher. She was inspired by her older cousin who was a pitcher for the Australian Women’s Baseball Team.
Her strong performance representing NSW at the Under 17 and Under 19 levels nationally saw Rachel announced on the Australian team for the 2013 Junior Women’s World Championship, where the team claimed a bronze medal.
The following year she made her senior debut for NSW, going on to win the Gilley’s Shield and named Rookie of the Year. Rachel was then selected to the Australian senior team and made her debut at the 2014 Women’s Softball World Championships returning home with another bronze medal.
With her defensive versatility and strong batting skills, Rachel was offered a scholarship to study and play at the University of Hawaii in 2015. She spent two years in Hawaii before returning home to Australia where she rejoined the NSW senior team, the Firestars, going on to win a further five Gilley’s Shields. Rachel received another call up to Australian senior team for the 2016 World Championships.
Rachel was a member of the Aussie Spirit that won the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier to secure the final berth for Tokyo 2020. She was announced as a member of the Australia Olympic Team for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July 2021.