Player Profile – Janice Blackman

Position: Outfield
Uniform Number: 9
Debut: 2015 Japan Cup
Cap Number: 272
Club Team: Redsox
Association Team: Redlands
State Team: Queensland Heat
Date of Birth: 23 September 1995
Height: 167cm

Janice grew up in Mt Isa in regional Queensland, first playing softball at the age of eight. She moved to Brisbane with her family when she was 15 years old and her talent as a speedy outfielder and left handed batter was quickly noticed.

Making her debut for Queensland at the U17 Nationals in 2012, two years later, Janice was part of her state’s championship winning U19 Women’s team.

Representing Queensland at the Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship), Janice won a national title with the Heat team in 2016.

Janice is an Indigenous athlete who is a proud Gubbi Gubbi and Butchulla woman. She is an ambassador for Deadly Choices, an organisation that encourages indigenous people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

In 2021, Janice was appointed as an Australian Institute of Sport “Share a Yarn” athlete ambassador, to promote cultural understanding in sport.

 

Media
Article – March 2021: Blackman to ‘Share a Yarn’ and promote cultural understanding in sport
Podcast – October 2020: Janice features on Episode 4 of the Softball Insider Podcast, driven by Kumho Tyre Australia.
Article – October 2020: Blackman’s spiritual connection powers performance
Article –  May 2016: Janice shows true spirit
World Championships
2016: XV Women’s Softball World Championship, Surrey, Canada
National Awards
2020 Best Batter, The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball