Fiona brings over 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources industry to the Board including operating her own agency, 4 Bases in Sydney, NSW while also being the General Manager Human Resources for InfoTrack. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Softball Australia Board in what will be a pivotal time for our game. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to continue to contribute to the sport that has given me so much and make a real difference to our members – I just won’t have to get as dirty now! I’m looking forward to working alongside the other Board Members and using my professional and playing experience to drive participation numbers and improve our high performance standings on the world stage,” stated Fiona.
By the time she retired from representative softball in 2007, Fiona Hanes, later Crawford, had accumulated an impressive career, playing 223 games for Australia, competing at two Olympic Games, three World Championships and 28 international competitions.
Fiona’s first World Championship was at junior level in 1995 as part of the bronze medal-winning U19 Team. At the 1998 World Championship in Japan, she was a member of the Aussie Spirit team that won silver against the US. Fiona was one of Australia’s leading batters at the 2002 World Championship in Canada.
Competing at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Fiona was a member of the Australian team that won bronze. Although the US won the gold, the Australians had beaten them during early rounds of the competition. At her second Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens, Fiona was part of the silver medal-winning team – Australia’s best result in Olympic softball.
Fiona was the 190th female to represent Australia. Beginning her career as shortstop, she moved to 2nd base, and was the starting 2nd base for every game at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
She was a member of teams that won gold, silver or bronze at over 28 international competitions between 1997 and 2006, including two gold and three silver medals at the Canada Cup, one of the most competitive tournaments in the world.
From 1991 to 2007, Fiona represented NSW for 16 years in the U16, U19 and Open teams as captain or vice-captain, winning six national championships.
Introduced to softball in 1981, aged four, Fiona went on to play 305 games for her original club, St Michaels, between 1982 and 2015. As a tribute to her success, the junior and senior club Player of the Year is presented with the Fiona Hanes Crawford Award.
Fiona represented the Cumberland Nepean Softball Association for 22 years from 1984 to 2006 in the U9s to Opens in over 300 games. In her honour, the Association has named their main diamond the Fiona Hanes Crawford diamond.
Fiona has been an enthusiastic ambassador for her sport. She has represented softball in the media, as commentator and guest speaker. She has been a career mentor for NSW Institute of Sport athletes, and a Softball NSW Board member. Fiona was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2010 and the NSW Hall of Champions in 2015, being the first softball inductee.