Congratulations to the next inductee into the 2019 Softball Victoria Hall of Fame – Nicole Richardson.
Nicole Richardson was first introduced to softball by her primary school teachers at just 7 years of age. From there she joined the Glen Waverley Softball Club playing at the Waverley Softball Association. Debuting in the U14 team, Nicole quickly established herself as a strong player for the club, breaking into the A Grade team at a young age.
In 1984 Nicole was selected in the Victorian U16 team playing in the Esther Deason Shield in Darwin. She first gained selection in the Victoria Open Women’s team in 1988 at the age of 17 and went on to represent Victoria in eleven Gilley’s Shield Tournaments. A talented outfielder and strong hitter, Nicole won the Midge Nelson Medal in 1991 as Tournament MVP.
Nicole continued to play with Glen Waverley and was a member of their Angels team that competed in the National Club Championship.
Nicole made her debut with the Aussie Spirit in 1992 at the Beijing Cup and played 123 games in the green and gold, in a career that spanned 17-years. Nicole retired from international softball in 1998 to pursue her love of netball. As a dual international multicode athlete, Nicole is one of the few who have won medals in two separate sports, winning an Olympic Bronze medal with the Aussie Spirit in 1996 and a Commonwealth Games Gold medal with the Aussie Diamonds in Manchester in 2002.
Nicole is a role model who has conducted herself with integrity both on and off the softball diamond – with a distinguished resume she’s a worthy inductee of Softball Victoria’s Hall of Fame.
Find out more about Nicole’s HOF story here: