Stacey McManus is a member of the Australian Women’s Softball team, the Aussie Spirit, playing shortstop and second base. The NSWIS scholarship holder has represented Australia at four Softball World Championships, claiming bronze medals in 2012 and 2014, and will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Hailing from the Sutherland Shire region of Sydney, Stacey first took to the diamond at the age of four playing for her local club. In 2005, Stacey was selected on the NSW Under 16s team and went on to play in the NSW junior teams for the next three years. She then made her debut for the senior team, the NSW Firestars, in 2009, going on to win seven Gilley’s Shields with the Firestars.
Catching the attention of national selectors, the second base specialist was invited to a training cup in 2009 and made her debut for the Australian senior team at the 2011 Canada Cup. The following year she played in a test series against New Zealand, lining up against her sister Brooke who at the time was a member of the New Zealand women’s national team.
Stacey relocated to the US in 2017 to play for the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch League. In 2018, as part of a partnership with Softball Australia, the Aussie Peppers joined the National Pro Fastpitch League. Stacey played with the Peppers throughout 2018/2019 and is a current member of the team.
In 2016, it was announced that softball would return to the Olympics for the Tokyo 2020 Games, where six teams would compete. Stacey was officially named on the Australian Olympic Team in July 2021.