Joyce Lester

1958 -

Joyce Lester is recognised as one of the greatest softball players to represent Australia. The fitting finale to her long international career came in Atlanta when she captained Australia to a bronze medal as softball made its Olympic debut. From Queensland, Lester started her career as an outfielder before becoming a catcher. The Aussie team got off to a shaky start in the Olympic tournament, losing its first game to China 6-0 in the round-robin preliminary phase. But it later enjoyed one of its most celebrated victories, a 2-1 win over the United States, the eventual gold medallists. Lester has stayed involved in the sport as a coach, administrator and media personality. Her honours include being inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the International Softball Federation’s Hall of Fame.

Olympic Results

1996 Atlanta

Softball - Women
Preliminaries 2-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 3-0 CHN 6-0 Loss
Preliminaries 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0 TPE 4-0 Win
Preliminaries 0-0, 0-2, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-X PUR 0-2 Loss
Preliminaries 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0 NED 1-0 Win
Preliminaries 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 4-0, 0-0, 6-0 JPN 10-0 Win
Preliminaries 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-2 USA 1-2 Win
Preliminaries 0-2, 0-0, 0-0, 2-0, 0-3, 0-0, 0-X CAN 2-5 Win
Semi Final 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 2-0 JPN 3-0 Win
Final - Bronze Match 0-0, 1-2, 0-0, 1-0, 1-0, 0-0, 1-0 CHN 4-2 Loss
Final Placing 3 / 8