23/04/2024
Stacey Porter Aussie Spirit Tokyo 2020

Stacey Porter has called time on her Australian softball career. (Photo: Softball Australia - Facebook)

A 446-game veteran, Stacey Porter has called time on her Australian softball career following the Aussie Spirit's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coming to an end.

Veteran Australian softball representative Stacey Porter has revealed that she will be stepping back from national duties, following the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In a press conference following a 4-1 defeat against Mexico ending the Aussie Spirit’s Olympic campaign, the Australian captain and three-time Olympian confirmed the news.

Porter ends her international career on a world record number of caps, making 446 appearances in the green and gold. An illustrious career includes an Olympic silver medal from Athens 2004 and an Olympic bronze medal from Beijing 2008.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Aussie Spirit, I’m sad not to get the result and sad I won’t lace up with them again,” Porter said.

Porter looked to the future of Australian softball internationally and made special mention of the high degree of players who will continue to take their chances and perform well for the Aussie Spirit.

“I’m very proud of the girls… I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and they’re in good hands with [Head Coach] Laing [Harrow],” Porter stated.

“There’s a few girls hanging around and they’ll continue what we started, so I’m excited to see what can come next for them.”

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Stacey Porter concentrates on the basepaths during the Aussie Spirit’s Tokyo 2020 game against the USA. (Photo: Softball Australia – Facebook)

The potential impact of the inclusion of softball back into the Olympic program for the first time since 2008 is not lost on Porter, hoping it creates a brighter opportunity for younger generations of softballers.

“I’ve said throughout the whole campaign, we’re very lucky to be able to play during a time like it is at the moment,” Porter told.

“Just to have softball back on the TV in Australia, it’s been a really long time since the kids of Australia have seen quality softball on TV.

“It’s great to be able to put on a show, unfortunately, we’re not there in the medal match which is why we came here, so that’s disappointing.”

Porter began her softball career as a junior at Tamworth Softball Association and currently plays for the Brisbane Panthers Softball Club within the Brisbane Softball Association. She is looking to continue to play professionally in the Japanese Softball League, where she’s played for 14 seasons, with SG Holdings.

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