Tarni Stepto is a pitcher for Australian Softball Team, the Aussie Spirit, and will compete at her first Olympics Games at Tokyo 2020, with the sport making its return for the first time since Beijing 2008.
First taking to the diamond at age six, Tarni played for her local club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2015, she was selected to the Under 17 NSW Team and at the 2016 Under 17 Girl’s National Championship, the young pitcher won MVP, Best Pitcher, and Player of the Grand Final. Her strong performances earned her a spot on the Australian team for the 2017 Junior Women’s World Championship.
Elevated to the senior Australian team the following year, Tarni made her debut at the 2018 Asia Cup and was later selected onto the Aussie Spirit team for the 2018 World Championships in Japan. A pitcher and a slugger, Tarni offers a dual weapon to the Aussie Spirit.
Tarni relocated to the USA in 2019 to play for Salt Lake City Community College where she led the team in batting average and was awarded Scenic West Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year. In 2020, she signed with Oregon State University, while also being a member of the Aussie Peppers team, who play in the US National Pro Fastpitch League, as part of a partnership with Softball Australia.
A proud Kamilaroi and Ualarai woman, Tarni’s family hails from Brewarrina, just east of Bourke in New South Wales.