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Natalie Anne Ward (born 24 December 1975) is a former softball player from Australia, who won bronze medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. Ward also won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[1] She played shortstop and 2nd base. She wore jersey number six.

Natalie Ward
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Personal information
Born (1975-12-24) 24 December 1975 (age 43)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
ClubLake Macquarie Association
Coached byTroy Baverstock & Fabian Barlow
Updated on 4 October 2015.

Ward was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. By 2006, she had appeared in 357 games for the Australian national team. That broke the former record of 356 games held by Sally McCreedy. Ward played in the 2008 Olympic Games, her fourth Olympics.[2] Ward retired from the sport following these Olympics because of the IOC's decision to not allow softball into the next two Olympiads.


  1. ^ "Hunter Olympian Profiles". Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Natalie Ward's record breaking effort". 14 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2006.