Indigenous role models


Katina Robson

In 2008, Katina won the Best Batter Award at the Under 16 Girl's Australian Championship, helping ACT finish 3rd at the tournament (their best result for a number of years). Katina's performance resulted in her selection in the Australian Youth Development Squad and the inaugural Australian Indigenous Team.


Katina represented ACT in the Under 19 Championship and the Gilley’s Shield, where she won the Rosemary Adey Medal for the Rookie of the Year in 2009. The same year Katina was selected in the Australian Under 19 Squad and has added an AIS Scholarship and tours with the Aussie Spirit to her growing list of accomplishments.


Stacey Porter

Stacey has demonstrated her skills on the diamond since 1997 when she first represented NSW. She has been a member of the AIS Softball squad since 2002. At 20 years of age, Stacey became the first female Indigenous Australian to represent her country in the Olympic Softball competition. Stacey won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2006, Stacey also won a bronze medal in her first ISF Open Women’s World Championship.



In 2005 Stacey was awarded Female Sportsperson of the Year at theDeadly Awards and was named the Australian Female Softballer of the Year at Softball Australia’s Awards of Excellence. In 2008 Stacey was named Sportsperson of the Year by the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee(NAIDOC). In 2010 Stacey was made Captain of theAussie Spirit for their ISF World Championship campaign.

Stacey is an exceptionally strong player and is arguably the best batters in the world. When Stacey is not playing professional Softball in Japan, she resides in Brisbane and promotes community awareness and recognition of the sport.


Jeff Goolagong

Jeff is a two-time World Championship player from the ACT. He was a member of the ACT Team that won the 2007 Australian Open Men's Championship. He was also a member of the winning team at the 2006 International Softball Congress Tournament and was selected in the All World Second Team as an outfielder.

In 2008, Jeff played in a number of high-level club competitions, including the ISC World Tournament and played in the Australia team that defeated New Zealand to win the Pacific International Series.

In 2009Jeff played a vital role in ACT's win at the Australian Open Men's Championships, where he was awarded the Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

The pinnacle of Jeff's career came in July 2009 as a member of the Aussie Steelers World Championship team. After four consecutive national titles and a World Championship gold medal, Jeff announced his retirement from elite level Softball.

Since 1995, Vibe Australia has hosted the Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards (aka the 'Deadlys').

Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement as a marketable and growing force within Australia, the Deadlys provide a tangible forum by which the wider community can learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture.

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