Famous Australian Sportspersons

Whether you are a true Wimbledon fan or a cricket junkie, it is impossible you don't already have an Australian sportsman in your list of favorites. That's right! The land of kangaroos and koalas has produced some incredibly gifted, cracker of sportsmen who have stamped victory in the world map. Be it hockey, snowboarding, golf, pole vaulting or cricket, Australians have proved that they are second to none when it comes to sports. There is something profoundly inspiring and competitive about the sporting folks of this country. From cricket to Grand Prix and from surfing to competitive cycling, this sports frenzy nation has bought sporting glory to the country in every which way. Needless to say, the sports mad folk of this fine country have notched up some impressive sporting feats over the years. And it is no exaggeration to hail Australia as one of the most successful nation in the history of sport. Read the biographies and check out the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some of the most famous Australian sportspersons.

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 1 Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo.
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

 2 Steve Smith

Steve Smith.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian cricketer Steve Smith captained the Australian Test team and also tied with Garry Sobers when he made a record 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, the second-best after Donald Bradman. The Allan Border Medal-winning batsman was banned from Australian cricket for a year for overseeing ball tampering.

 3 Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman.
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Famous As: Greatest Batsmen Ever
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Died: February 25, 2001

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

 4 Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne
Ben Simmons, son of Australian basketball player Dave Simmons, initially played for LSU and was then drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben was named the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year and the NBA All-Star in 2019 and 2020. He has also played for the Australian national team.

 5 Margaret Court

Margaret Court.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

Margaret Court is an Australian retired tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 with 24 Grand Slam women's singles titles to her name. She also holds 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Following her retirement, she became a Christian minister. 

 6 Shane Warne

Shane Warne
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Upper Ferntree Gully

Shane Warne is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his leg-break bowling. Widely regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in international test match cricket. He was also one of the most controversial cricketers. In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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 7 Rod Laver

Rod Laver.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton

Australian former tennis player Rod Laver is widely regarded to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was ranked world No. 1 in nine different years. He holds 200 singles titles--the most in tennis history. He excelled on a variety of court surfaces: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. The Laver Cup Tournament is named after him.

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 8 Nia Jax

Nia Jax.
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nia Jax is a professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). A former WWE Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax has been an important member of WWE's women's division since 2018. Nicknamed The Irresistible Force because of her speed and size, Jax has often been criticized for causing unintentional injuries to her colleagues while performing risky moves on the ring.

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 9 Greg Norman

Greg Norman.
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Famous As: Australian Golfer
Birthdate: February 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

Greg Norman is an Australian retired professional golfer and entrepreneur. One of the greatest Australian golfers ever, Norman was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, he was named in Queensland's Q150 Icons list as a sports legend. Also a philanthropist, Norman established the Greg Norman Golf Foundation, which provides guidance to students.

 10 Mark Webber

Mark Webber.
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia

Mark Webber is an Australian former racing driver. From 2002 to 2013, Webber competed in Formula One, winning the 2010 British Grand Prix. From 2014 to 2016, he competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the 2015 season for Porsche alongside Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. In 2019, Mark Webber was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame.

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 11 Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia

Mitchell Starc is an Australian international cricketer. He plays for the Australian national team in international cricket and New South Wales in domestic cricket. Primarily a left-arm fast bowler, he is also a capable lower-order left-handed batsman. He was part of the Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He is married to fellow cricketer Alyssa Healy. 

 12 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shellharbour City Council, Australia

Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion in UFC and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC men's pound-for-pound list. Alexander Volkanovski has had one successful title defense and one Fight of the Night honor in his UFC career so far.

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 13 Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Rhea Ripley is an Australian wrestler best known for her association with the popular wrestling promotion, WWE. She is the current WWE Women's Tag Team Champion along with Nikki A.S.H. In 2019, she was named Breakthrough Wrestler of the Year by CBS Sports. In April 2021, Ripley became the first female Australian to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship title.

 14 David Warner

David Warner.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington

David Warner is an Australian professional cricket player. An opening batsman, Warner is one of the most important members of the Australia men's national cricket team in all three formats of the game. Warner was caught up in an ugly controversy in 2018 after being involved in a ball-tampering scandal in the midst of a Test series against South Africa.

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 15 Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Glenn McGrath is an Australian former international cricketer. A fast-medium pace bowler, he is considered one of the greatest Australian international bowlers of all time. He played international cricket for 14 years and was a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the director of MRF Pace Foundation. 

 16 Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman.
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slade Point, Mackay, Queensland

Cathy Freeman is a former sprinter known for her achievements in the 400 meters events. Her personal best of 48.63, set at the 1996 Olympics, makes her the eighth-fastest woman of all time. She gave Australia an Olympic gold at the 2000 Olympics. Also a humanitarian, Freeman is credited with founding the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

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 17 Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 18 Timothy F. Cahill

Timothy F. Cahill.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian former professional footballer Timothy F. Cahill was known for "his aggressive and powerful approach and his ability to head the ball in the penalty area" during his playing years. Having scored 50 goals in 108 caps, he is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Australia national team. Currently, he works as a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports. 

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 19 Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)

Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian).
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Famous As: Body Builder, Internet Personality
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 5, 2011

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

 20 Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: April 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

 21 Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

 22 Peyton Royce

Peyton Royce
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 23 Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellingen

 24 Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
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 25 Patty Mills

Patty Mills
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Famous As: Baseball player, Basketball player
Birthdate: August 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canberra

 26 Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canterbury
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 27 Billie Kay

Billie Kay
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Billie Kay is an Australian professional wrestler best known for her time in WWE. She was part of the tag team The IIconics alongside Peyton Royce. She was interested in wrestling from a young age and was trained by Madison Eagles. She was once associated with the Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance promotion. She now competes on the independent circuit. 

 28 Matthew Dellavedova

Matthew Dellavedova
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maryborough
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 29 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry.
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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.

 30 Buddy Murphy

Buddy Murphy
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 31 Jeff Horn

Jeff Horn
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Jeff Horn is an Australian professional boxer. He held the WBO welterweight title from 2017 to 2018. He represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics as an amateur and reached the quarterfinals of the light-welterweight bracket. He made his professional debut the following year. He moved up to middleweight in 2018. He has worked as a physical education teacher as well. 

 32 Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macksville
Died: November 27, 2014

 33 Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

 34 Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew, Victoria

Glenn Maxwell is an Australian professional cricket player who represents the national cricket team in one day internationals and twenty20 internationals. Often referred to as the Big Show, Maxwell is renowned for his improvisation and dramatic, high-risk shot making. Over the years, he has also had a major impact on twenty20 franchise cricket, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 35 Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: December 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Isa

Pat Rafter became the first Australian male in the Open Era to win consecutive US Open titles. The former ATP singles number 1 is also the only person with an undefeated record against tennis legend Roger Federer and is remembered for his politeness and his habit of saying “Sorry, mate.”

 36 Jason Day

Jason Day
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia

 37 Jack Brabham

Jack Brabham
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Directeur sportif
Birthdate: April 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hurstville
Died: May 19, 2014

 38 Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewall
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 39 Peter Norman

Peter Norman
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Sprinter
Birthdate: June 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 3, 2006

Peter Norman was an Australian athlete who won a silver medal in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He is remembered for supporting fellow athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos by wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge during their medal ceremony; he is the third athlete seen in the popular Olympics Black Power salute photograph.

 40 Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy
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Famous As: Australian footballer
Birthdate: September 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Aaron Mooy is an Australian professional footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Shanghai Port and the Australia national team. He began his career playing youth football and made his professional debut with St Mirren. He has since played for many teams, including Manchester City, Melbourne City, and Western Sydney Wanderers. He is married to Nicola Mooy. 

 41 Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia

 42 Alex de Minaur

Alex de Minaur
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: February 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 43 Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer
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Famous As: Association Football player
Birthdate: October 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 44 Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 45 Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Blackbutt, Queensland

Roy Emerson is a former tennis player from Australia. A former world No. 1, Emerson won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and 12 Grand Slam singles titles, which includes a career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles. Emerson went on to achieve another career Grand Slam, becoming the first man to complete a double career Grand Slam in singles.

 46 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

 47 Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane

 48 Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans.
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Famous As: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Katherine

Tour de France-winning Australian cyclist Cadel Evans is also a four-time Olympian. His career took off when he earned a scholarship to the mountain biking program of the Australian Institute of Sport. An avid philanthropist, he has an adopted son from Ethiopia, along with a son from his second wife.

 49 Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 50 Daniel Webber

Daniel Webber
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gosford, New South Wales, Australia