AFP Canine Handler Takes a Swing at Softball World Cup

Australia, Police

Article: The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has another reason to celebrate as Senior Constable Jade Wall, a canine handler and athlete, gears up to represent Australia at the 2024 Women’s Softball World Cup in Italy. After making her Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Wall is set to compete in Castions di Strada from July 15 to 21, 2024.

Wall’s journey in softball began at the age of nine when she joined her local team, Cheetahs, in Queensland. Over the years, she honed her skills and eventually got selected to tour with the Australian team in international tournaments. In 2015, Wall joined the AFP as a police officer and has since contributed to various areas of law enforcement.

Following her participation in the Tokyo Olympics, Wall joined the Canine Team in Sydney, where she works alongside two Labradors named Swaino and Phantom. Together, they protect Australians at the airport and assist in search warrants across the country.

Wall expressed her gratitude for the support provided by the AFP and the Canine Team, as they have helped her balance her career as a police officer and her passion for sports. Softball is not a funded sport, and Wall has been fortunate to receive assistance from the AFP National Sports Federation, an internal association that supports members in pursuing sporting aspirations.

Looking ahead, Wall aims to compete in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, as softball will be included once again. Representing her country and wearing the green and gold remains a source of joy and pride for her.

As Senior Constable Wall prepares to showcase her athletic prowess on the international stage, the AFP and the Australian public will undoubtedly cheer her on, proud of her achievements both as a dedicated police officer and a skilled athlete.