Captain of the Australian softball team Stacey Porter is a two-time Olympian, having previously competed at Athens, 2004 and Beijing, 2008 Olympic Games, where she won silver and bronze respectively. After softball was excluded from the Olympic program following the Beijing Games, Stacey has long awaited her return to the world’s biggest sporting stage. With the sport’s return at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Stacey will now represent Australia at her third Olympics and look to lead the team to gold.
Born and raised in Tamworth, Stacey began playing at softball at age five and was a standout junior player competing at the Under 16 and Under 19 National Championships where she was named best batter three years in a row. She was selected on to the Australian team for the 1999 Junior Women’s World Championships. In 2002, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder made her debut for the Australian senior team at age 20 during a tour of Japan.
Stacey was selected onto the Australia team for the Athens, 2004 Olympics. The team claimed the silver with Stacey hitting a double to help Australia score its only run in the gold medal match against the USA. She returned the Olympic arena for Beijing, 2008 where the team came away with bronze.
With over 400 appearances, Stacey is the most capped Australian player and has captained the team since 2010. She has represented Australia at six world championships, winning three bronze medals.
Stacey moved to Hawaii following high school to study and play softball at the University of Hawaii where she broke multiple records, was named in the All-American team and possessed a batting average of 0.479 in her final season. She currently plays in the Japanese professional league, playing 14 consecutive seasons for the SGH Galaxy Stars.
Stacey is a proud Kamilaroi woman and was named NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year in 2008.