About Esther Deason

Esther Deason Shield
Australian U16 Girls’ Championship

The trophy being competed for in the Australian U16 Girls’ Championship is called the Esther Deason Shield, so named as a tribute to the late Esther Deason, MBE, past President of the Australian Softball Federation (Softball Australia). Esther devoted most of her life to loyal service to the game of Softball throughout Australia and is a member of the Softball Australia Hall of Fame, WBSC Hall of Fame and is a Softball Australia Life Member.

Esther Deason was regarded as the leading lady of international Softball. Esther was, together with Marj Dwyer and Merle Short, instrumental in organising the first true World Softball Championship in Australia in 1965, and the formation of Softball in Australia in 1947. Her achievements are too numerous to list but Esther will be respectfully remembered for her deep passion for our sport.