Player Profile – Chelsea Forkin

Position: Outfield
Uniform Number: 25
Debut: 2007 China Series
Cap Number: 242
Club Team: Bears
Association Team: Brisbane
State Team: Queensland Heat
Date of Birth: 14 July 1989
Height: 175cm

Chelsea played baseball as a junior, her outstanding talent gaining her selection at just 15 years of age into the Australian Open Women’s team for the World Series and World Cup events.

Around this time, Chelsea also began playing softball. Her transition from baseball to softball was a seamless one, highlighted by her winning the MVP and Best Batter awards at the 2007 U19 Nationals and being selected into the Australian U19 Women’s team for that year’s Junior Women’s World Championship.

Chelsea grew up in Western Australia and played for WA at junior and open national championships, winning Gilley’s Shield titles at open level in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

She then moved to Queensland and since 2016 has played for the Queensland Heat, winning another Gilley’s Shield title in her first year as a maroon.

In 2010 Chelsea played at her first Open Women’s Softball World Championship and ever since has been an integral part of the Aussie Spirit line-up.

In 2016, Chelsea turned professional and joined the Dallas Charge in the National Pro-Fastpitch (NPF) league as a rookie, in 2017 she played with the Chicago Bandits and in 2018 and 2019 with the Australian team.

Recognising her outstanding talent and leadership skills, in 2019 Chelsea was named as captain of the Riot team for The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball.

Media
Article – Oct 2016: Play for pay: Chelsea charges into a pro career
World Championships
2018: XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, Chiba, Japan
2016: XV Women’s Softball World Championship, Surrey, Canada
2014: XIV Women’s Softball World Championship, Haarlem, Netherlands (bronze medal)
2012: XIII Women’s Softball World Championship, Yukon, Canada (bronze medal)
2010: XII Women’s Softball World Championship, Caracas, Venezuela
2007: VIII Jnr Women’s Softball World Championship, Enschede, Netherlands (bronze medal)
National Awards:
2017: Most Valuable Player, Open Women’s National Softball Championship
2012, 2020: Best Batter, Open Women’s National Softball Championship
2007: Most Valuable Player & Best Batter, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship