Charelle Ainslie

Sporting Career

Junior Years

Charelle Ainslie representing Waverley Under 12

Whilst Charelle enjoyed many sports growing up she excelled at softball. She started playing for her primary school team, Southmoor Primary, and soon after made the Moorabbin representative team (now Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association).

To gain more experience her sisters and her transferred to Brandon Park (now Brandon Heights Softball Club) to play in the Waverley Association competition. She represented Waverley in State Championships in all age groups.

Representing Victoria

Charelle started representing Victoria in the Under 12 school girls team who travelled to Darwin. She also played in two Under 18 school girls team, being awarded ‘All Stars’ in 1997.

  • 1995 – Un 16 Girls (Canberra)
  • 1996 – Un 16 Girls (Darwin)
  • 1997 – Un 19 Women (Adelaide)
  • 1998 – Un 19 Women (Perth)
  • 1999 – Open Women (Brisbane)
  • 2000 – Open Women (Sydney)
  • 2001 – Open Women (Melbourne)
  • 2002 – Open Women (Adelaide)
Charelle - School Girls

Playing for Australia

Charelle made her first Australia team in 1995 where she travelled to New Zealand. Later that year the team travelled to US west coast for warm-up tournaments to prepare for the Youth World Series in Normal, USA. The Australian Team won a bronze medal.

She also played in the senior AIS teams competing against some of the world’s best in Brisbane.

College – UNLV, USA

In 1999 Charelle got a scholarship to play for University of Nevada, Las Vegas ‘Rebels’ in 2000. Competing in both the Western Athletic Conference ‘WAC’ and the Mountain West conferences.

She was selected to be co-captain in her ‘Senior’ year.

Her schooling achievements whilst at college were impressive, being invited to join the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Playing in Italy

Charelle was offered a contract to play professionally for Bollate in Italy.

Pitching and playing first base, she also made an impact with the bat.

Charelle - Italy

Making a Comeback

Charelle came out of retirement in 2017 and whilst it hurt a lot… she played in the State Championships for Sunshine Softball Association and they won A Grade.

Later that year she got picked up to play with the South Australian ‘Starz’ in the 2018 Australian National Championships in Perth where they came third.