Player Profile – Stacey Porter
|Debut:||2002 Japan Tour|
|Club Team:||Brisbane Panthers|
|State Team:||NSW Firestars|
|Date of Birth:||29 March 1982|
Stacey is the captain of the Travelodge Aussie Spirit team, leading the national team since 2010.
At 38 years of age, Stacey is still regarded as one of the best batters in the world, bringing fear to many pitchers around the globe. Defensively, she plays at 3rd base, and has excellent agility for a player so powerful.
Debuting in the Australian Open Women’s team in 2002, she holds the record for the most number of caps ever by an Australian player. In fact, with over 440 appearances for Australia, Stacey holds the all-time record for most international games played by any player in any country.
In 2004 and at just 20 years of age, Stacey became the first female Indigenous Australian to represent her country in the Olympic Softball competition. Winning a silver medal that year, she was also part of the Australian team that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Growing up in Tamworth in NSW, Stacey was a standout junior player. She won an MVP and four Best Batter awards at underage junior National Championships, leading to her selection in the Australian team for the 1999 Junior Women’s World Championship.
From 2001 to 2003, Stacey studied and played softball at the University of Hawai’i. She continued to display her exceptional talent, smashing all-time records for number of career home runs and walks. Her final season was particularly dominant, recording a batting average of 0.479 to be named in the All-American first-team.
In addition to her selection for two Olympic Games, Stacey has represented Australia at six senior World Championships, winning three bronze medals.
Although now residing in Queensland, Stacey still loves representing the NSW ‘Bluebloods’ at the Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship), throughout her career winning 10 titles and receiving 12 individual awards at this event.
Outside of Australia, Stacey plays softball professionally in Japan for the SGH Galaxy Stars. The year 2021 will be Stacey’s 14th consecutive year of playing professionally in Japan.
Off the diamond, Stacey loves giving back to the sport, particularly Indigenous communities. She has travelled to outback NSW and Western Australian communities, to help kids develop a healthy lifestyle and an interest in the game.
|Podcast – January 2021: Stacey features on Episode 6 of the Softball Insider Podcast, driven by Kumho Tyre Australia.|
|Article – January 2020: Porter nominated for World Games Athlete of the Year|
|Article – October 2019: Stacey Porter’s Olympic dream reignited as softball returns to Olympic programme at 2020|
|Article – February 2018: Superstar Porter still has more she wants to achieve|
|World Championships & Olympic Games|
|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|
|2008:||Beijing Olympic Games (bronze medal)|
|2006:||XI Women’s Softball World Championship, Beijing, China (bronze medal)|
|2004:||Athens Olympic Games (silver medal)|
|1999:||VI Jnr Women’s World Championship, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2020:||Most Valuable Player, The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball|
|2014:||Player of the Grand Final, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2008, 2010, 2011, 2014:||Most Valuable Player, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019:||Best Batter, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2000, 2001:||Most Valuable Player, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship|
|1999:||Best Batter, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship|
|1997, 1998:||Best Batter, U16 Girls’ National Softball Championship|