Sally McCreedy OAM
Softballer Sally McCreedy has been a Canberra resident for most of her life and still resides here with her young family. As a youngster Sally was naturally good at sport and represented the ACT in various sports before turning her focus to Softball. She first represented the ACT in softball while in primary school and demonstrated the skill and dedication required to be an elite athlete from an early age. It was not long before she was identified as a true talent and in 1985 Sally was first selected to represent Australia. In 1993 she took up a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and kept a scholarship for the duration of her career. She also held a scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport from 1995 until 2001.
Sally was a valued part of the Australian Softball Team and competed in an impressive 5 World Championships every four years – 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. Her extraordinary achievement matched the world record for appearances at the Softball World Championships. Individually Sally was also very successful and her long list of achievements include being named Best Batter of the Australian Championships in 1997 and 1998 and being a ClubsACT ACT Sportstar of the Year Finalist in 1993 and 1995.
Sally represented her country at the Olympic Games winning Bronze Medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with some great performances. Prior to the Sydney Olympic Games Sally was given the great honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on its way to Sydney.
Sally has had an amazing career and remains a role model to many sports people today. She has been involved with Softball for an amazing 34 years full of great memories and has been awarded with Life Membership with Softball ACT for her success and commitment to the sport. She has had an international career of 18 years which has taken her to all parts of the world while also representing the ACT state team for 20 years and playing ‘A’ grade Softball for 20 years.
She remains very close to the sport today and coaches local club teams as well as representative teams. In 2006 Sally received one of Australia’s highest honors and was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Softball as a player and coach.
Born: 6 June 1965