A three-time world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Natalie Medhurst has tasted success throughout a decorated netball career both domestically and internationally.
Making her debut for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2004 as a 20-year-old, Natalie soon rose through the ranks to make her international debut for the Australian Diamonds against Jamaica in 2007. With her skills being prominent in the World Championships that year, Natalie stepped up in the final quarter of the final against New Zealand after the senior shooters were struggling. Composed, Natalie converted all of her shots to help Australia win the world championship 42-38.
At the start of the 2010 season, Natalie left Adelaide for the Queensland Firebirds and was a part of the club’s 2011 Premiership. Natalie was then crowned ANZ Championship’s Most Valuable Player, a sublime reward for her effort. Natalie’s winning ways continued at the Netball World Championships in 2011 where Australia made it back-to-back world championships. After playing at the Firebirds for four seasons, Natalie moved to Perth to reunite with her former Australian coach Norma Plummer at the West Coast Fever. Natalie’s work ethic, determination and team first attitude had her awarded the club’s captaincy and known as the Fever’s highest-profile player.
Natalie’s international success continued as she helped Australia to gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and her third world championship title with the Diamonds in 2015. In 2017, Natalie finished her international career earning 86 caps in the 10 years she represented her country.
After the Fever’s grand final loss in 2018, Natalie signed with the Collingwood Magpies on a two-year deal with the club. After a strong 2019 campaign for the Magpies, Nat officially announced her retirement from the game in September 2020 as the 3rd highest capped Australian National league player ever. Nat will now focus her attention towards raising baby boy Edison and a career in sports administration and media.