Ashleigh “Ash” Gardner is a cricket superstar who has emerged as one of the most important players for the Australian national team since making her international debut in 2017.
A dominant domestic performer for New South Wales and the Sydney Sixers, the Bankstown-born all-rounder has risen to become one of the world’s best and most exciting cricketers.
Ash was a member of the 2020 T20 World Cup-winning side who defeated India in front of a record crowd of 86,174 at the MCG having earlier become the first ever Indigenous Australian Woman to play in a Cricket World Cup for Australia.
In 2022 she was recognised for her outstanding achievements by Cricket Australia by being named Belinda Clark Medallist, before winning the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand where she and her teammates went undefeated.
A proud Muruwari woman, Ash continues to inspire the next generation and recently launched her own foundation – Ashleigh Gardner Foundation – which aims to make a difference in the lives of young Aboriginal children across the country.
An accomplished public speaker, she is one of Nike Australia’s most prominent female ambassador athletes who also represented her country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.