Australian Women Sportspersons

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women sportspersons who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female sportspersons such as Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Betty Cuthbert, Ellyse Perry, Daria Gavrilova.

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 1 
Rhea Ripley
(Wrestler)

Rhea Ripley
35
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.

 2 
Cathy Freeman
(Sprinter)

Cathy Freeman
8
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slade Point, Australia

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.

 3 

Evonne Goolagong Cawley
9
Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Legendary Australian tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley was once world number 1 and the world’s first mother to earn a Wimbledon win in 66 years. A Wiradjuri Aborigine, she is now part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and also became the Australian of the Year in 1971.

 4 
Nia Jax
(Professional Wrestler)

Nia Jax
55
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.

 5 
Peyton Royce
(Professional wrestler)

Peyton Royce
25
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 6 
Ellyse Perry
(Cricketer)

Ellyse Perry
6
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, 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.

 7 
Billie Kay
(Wrestler)

Billie Kay
27
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. 

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 8 

Ebanie Bridges
4
Birthdate: September 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

Known as the Blonde Bomber to her fans, Australian boxer and female super-bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges had begun training in karate at age 5 and had then moved on to kickboxing, Muay Thai, and eventually competitive bodybuilding. She is a qualified math teacher and speaks 5 languages, too.

 9 
Margaret Court
(Tennis player)

Margaret Court
17
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. 

 10 
Dawn Fraser
(Swimmer)

Dawn Fraser
4
Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balmain

Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer. She won the Olympic individual event the women's 100-meter freestyle three times in her career. She also won six Commonwealth Games gold medals. Much respected for her athletic abilities, she was also known for her controversial behavior. She became a swimming coach after her retirement. She is also a former politician.

 11 
Ashleigh Barty
(Tennis player)

Ashleigh Barty
15
Birthdate: April 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian tennis player and the current world No. 1 as per the Women's Tennis Association. Barty has won two Grand Slam singles titles:  2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon, and one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open She also won on a bronze medal in mixed doubles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

 12 
Michelle Jenneke
(Hurdler who won a silver medal for the 100 m hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics)

Michelle Jenneke
4
Birthdate: June 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kenthurst, Australia

Michelle Jenneke is an Australian track and field athlete and model. She won a silver medal for Australia at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She received international recognition in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up dance became famous on the internet. As a model, Michelle Jenneke was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013.

 13 

Michelle Payne
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

 14 
Sam Kerr
(Football player - Forward)

Sam Kerr
1
Birthdate: September 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fremantle, Australia

 15 
Penny Taylor
(Basketball player)

Penny Taylor
4
Birthdate: May 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

In her 19-year stint as a basketball player, Penny Taylor has mostly represented the WNBA team Phoenix Mercury. She also won gold medals as part of the Australian women’s national team. Though she had a heterosexual marriage earlier, she is now openly lesbian and married to fellow basketball player Diana Taurasi.

 16 
Johanna Konta
(Tennis player)

Johanna Konta
13
Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Johanna Konta is a British tennis player who represented Australia till 2012. Konta has won four singles WTA Tour titles. She has also won four doubles and 11 singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. A former world No. 4 and former British number one, Johanna Konta is renowned for creating sharp angles and an offensive baseline play.

 17 
Shane Gould
(Swimmer)

Shane Gould
3
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

 18 

Stephanie Rice
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Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 19 
Sally Pearson
(Athletics competitor)

Sally Pearson
3
Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Sally Pearson is an Australian former athlete. After winning a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Pearson went on to win Olympic gold in the same event in 2012. A two-time world champion, Sally Pearson also won two gold medals in Commonwealth Games. In 2011, she was named Female Athlete of the Year.

 20 
Ajla Tomljanovic
(Tennis player)

Ajla Tomljanovic
7
Birthdate: May 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Ajla Tomljanovic is a Croatian-Australian tennis player best known for her performance as a junior player. Tomljanović, who played for Croatia from 2009 to 2018, has been representing Australia at all events on the WTA Tour since 2018. Ajla Tomljanovic reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2021 when her fourth round opponent Emma Raducanu retired in the second set.

 21 
Samantha Stosur
(Tennis player)

Samantha Stosur
8
Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur, once world number 1 in doubles, has also had a career-high ranking of 4 in singles. She holds a national WTA record of being the top player for 442 consecutive weeks. Openly lesbian, she had a daughter with her partner, Liz Astling, in 2020.

 22 
Tia-Clair Toomey
(Weightlifter)

Tia-Clair Toomey
4
Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.

 23 
Candice Warner
(Retired Australian Ironwoman and Surf life saver)

Candice Warner
1
Birthdate: March 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 24 
Leisel Jones
(Swimmer)

Leisel Jones
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katherine

 25 
Alyssa Healy
(Cricketer)

Alyssa Healy
5
Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gold Coast

 26 
Daria Gavrilova
(Tennis player)

Daria Gavrilova
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Birthdate: March 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Daria Gavrilova is a Russian-born Australian tennis player. She represented Russia from 2009 to 2015 post which she began representing Australia. An accomplished junior player, Gavrilova won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. After turning professional, Gavrilova has achieved victories over former Grand Slam champions like Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitová, and Angelique Kerber.

 27 
Lisa Sthalekar
(Cricketer)

Lisa Sthalekar
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India

 Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar, was once the captain of Australia's international women's cricket team. Born in India and adopted by parents who lived in USA, she was introduced to cricket by her father. She started playing professionally as a young woman and went on to have an exemplary career. She retired in 2013. 

 28 
Indi Hartwell
(Former WSW Women's Champion and RCW Women's Champion)

Indi Hartwell
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 29 
Bec Rawlings
(Mixed martial artist)

Bec Rawlings
3
Birthdate: February 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmanian MMA fighter and bare-knuckle boxer Bec Rawlings was always sporty but eventually chose martial arts as a way to reduce weight. Known as the Queen of Bare Knuckle, she has competed for BKFC. She has also had successful stints with Invicta and UFC and is now a flyweight division competitor.

 30 
Toni Storm
(Professional wrestler)

Toni Storm
2
Birthdate: October 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 31 
Liz Cambage
(Basketball player)

Liz Cambage
2
Birthdate: August 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 32 
Jelena Dokić
(Tennis player who was world No. 4, in August 2002)

Jelena Dokić
7
Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Yugoslavian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic had once been world number 4 in singles. While she represented Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and Australia in international events, post-retirement, she has mostly been associated with Australian tennis as a coach, author, and sports commentator. She accused her father of abuse in her memoir.

 33 

Ariarne Titmus
1
Birthdate: September 7, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 34 
Tayla Harris
(Football player)

Tayla Harris
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 35 
Rennae Stubbs
(Tennis player)

Rennae Stubbs
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 36 
Astra Sharma
(Tennis player)

Astra Sharma
5
Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore

 37 
Zali Steggall
(Politician)

Zali Steggall
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manly, Australia

Zali Steggall is an Australian lawyer turned politician. She has been serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Division of Warringah since 2019. She is a former Olympic athlete as well and is considered Australia's most internationally successful alpine skier. She became a lawyer after retiring from skiing and eventually entered politics as well. 

 38 
Nova Peris
(Former Australian Women's Field Hockey Athlete and Senator of Australia (2013 - 2016))

Nova Peris
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Nova Peris is an Australian athlete and former politician. In 1996, she became the first Aboriginal Australian to earn a gold medal at the Olympics; she was part of the women's hockey team that won the gold medal. She switched sports to sprinting and participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m relay events. 

 39 
Casey Dellacqua
(Retired Tennis player who won seven WTA Tour doubles titles, 23 ITF doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed-doubles title at the 2011 French Open)

Casey Dellacqua
5
Birthdate: February 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 40 

Betty Cuthbert
2
Birthdate: April 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: August 6, 2017
Australian sprinter Betty Cuthbert, also known as the Golden Girl, had won three Olympic gold medals, with three of them from the 1956 Olympic Games. She started training at 8 and later became known for her signature style of running with her mouth open. She later suffered from multiple sclerosis.

 41 
Emma
(Professional Wrestler)

Emma
7
Birthdate: March 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boronia, Australia

 42 
Emma McKeon
(Swimmer)

Emma McKeon
2
Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wollongong Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

 43 

Libby Trickett
2
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

 44 
Jana Pittman
(Athletics competitor and Bobsledder)

Jana Pittman
0
Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 45 
Abbey Holmes
(Rules football player)

Abbey Holmes
3
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Victor Harbor, South Australia

 46 
Alicia Molik
(Tennis player)

Alicia Molik
3
Birthdate: January 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 47 
Nicola McDermott
(High jumper)

Nicola McDermott
0
Birthdate: December 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Gosford, Australia

 48 
Alyson Annan
(Field hockey player)

Alyson Annan
3
Birthdate: June 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia

 49 
Emily Seebohm
(World record holder in the 50 m backstroke)

Emily Seebohm
1
Birthdate: June 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 50 
Arianne Caoili
(Chess player)

Arianne Caoili
2
Birthdate: December 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: March 30, 2020