A leader on and off the field

Belinda Clark
Belinda Clark AM
Australian Sports Medal (2000)

The stinging memory of a shock four-run loss to New Zealand in the World Cup 2000 finals galvanised the Southern Stars, Australia's women's cricket team, to their greatest sporting achievement - a fifth Cup triumph, over India, in 2005.

At the helm of victory was captain Belinda Clark, Australia's greatest-ever female run-scorer and holder of the highest score in history (female or male) in one-day international competition - an unbeaten 229 runs against Denmark in 1997.

'All we thought about in the 2000 final was that New Zealand were the World Cup holders then. But in 2005 no-one was going to take it away from us,' she recalls.

On and off the field Belinda Clark works tirelessly for the future of the game.

As Manager of the Commonwealth Bank cricket Centre of Excellence, she is a leading cricketing ambassador - and reports with delight there are now over 50,000 registered women players in Australia, including growing numbers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Belinda received the Australian Sports Medal for her achievements on the field as player and captain, but also for her tireless and dedicated work as advocate and administrator of the game of cricket. Belinda was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2000 for outstanding service to women's cricket through playing and administration. The Australian Sports Medal is awarded to those who have helped make Australia a nation of sporting excellence.

Belinda Clark AM (Australian Sports Medal, 2000)

The stinging memory of a shock four-run loss to New Zealand in the World Cup 2000 finals galvanised the Southern Stars, Australia's women's cricket team, to their greatest sporting achievement - a fifth Cup triumph, over India, in 2005.

At the helm of victory was captain Belinda Clark, Australia's greatest-ever female run-scorer and holder of the highest score in history (female or male) in one-day international competition - an unbeaten 229 runs against Denmark in 1997.

'All we thought about in the 2000 final was that New Zealand were the World Cup holders then. But in 2005 no-one was going to take it away from us,' she recalls.

On and off the field Belinda Clark works tirelessly for the future of the game.

As Manager of the Commonwealth Bank cricket Centre of Excellence, she is a leading cricketing ambassador - and reports with delight there are now over 50,000 registered women players in Australia, including growing numbers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Belinda received the Australian Sports Medal for her achievements on the field as player and captain, but also for her tireless and dedicated work as advocate and administrator of the game of cricket. Belinda was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2000 for outstanding service to women's cricket through playing and administration. The Australian Sports Medal is awarded to those who have helped make Australia a nation of sporting excellence.