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Matt Short and Madi Wilson announce pregnancy at Australian Cricket Awards

The happy couple posed for photos on Cricket Australia's night of nights following the big announcement.

Aussie sporting couple Madi Wilson and Matt Short shared their big pregnancy news on Wednesday night. Pic: Getty
Aussie sporting couple Madi Wilson and Matt Short shared their big pregnancy news on Wednesday night. Pic: Getty

Aussie sporting couple Matt Short and Madi Wilson have been showered with congratulatory messages after announcing they are expecting a first child together. The star couple shared the heartwarming pregnancy news on Wednesday night during the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne, where Mitch Marsh won the prestigious Allan Border Medal to cap off an incredible career renaissance.

Adelaide Strikers star Short and Australian Olympic swim star Wilson stepped out onto the red carpet together for Cricket Australia's night of nights and posed for photos together at the glitzy event in Melbourne. One image of the happy couple showed Wilson resting her right hand on what was obviously a tiny baby bump, with the swimmer captioning the photo on Instagram with the words: "Mum and dad", followed by a heart emoji.

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The post sparked an outpouring of messages for the Adelaide-based sports stars, with Aussie Olympic swimming champions Ariarne Titmus, Cate Campbell and Mollie O’Callaghan among those to offer their congratulations. Titmus wrote: “You’re glowing! So happy for you", while Campbell said: “I love everything about this!!” O’Callaghan responded by saying: “Congratulations you’re going to be an amazing mum.”

Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Brooke Hansen added: "Congratulations mate so happy for you all - enjoy the beautiful journey of parenthood." Wilson and Short also shared a beautiful video of the two of them holding hands and taking a stroll at the beach with the caption: “2 becomes 3. What a journey ours has been, we are excited to announce we are expecting our rainbow baby in 2024. It has been a whirlwind 12 months and we are so excited for what the future holds.”

Baby news caps off huge 12 months for couple

The incredible development comes after the couple announced their engagement in October last year, having gone public with their relationship after the 2023 Australian Cricket Awards. They are yet to make a public announcement about a date for the wedding or an expected due date for their first baby.

It caps off an incredible 12 months for both athletes, with Short recently named the BBL's player of the tournament for a second straight year. The Adelaide Strikers all-rounder also made his debut for Australia in one-day and T20 internationals, and made his first appearance in the Indian Premier League for the Punjab Kings, as well as featuring in England's The Hundred competition for the first time.

Adelaide Strikers star Matt Short was named the BBL's player of the tournament for a second straight year in 2024. Pic: Getty
Adelaide Strikers star Matt Short was named the BBL's player of the tournament for a second straight year in 2024. Pic: Getty

Wilson has been one of the longest serving members of the Australian swim team over the last decade and represented the green and gold at the Rio Games in 2016 and Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Wilson was part of Australia's 4x100m freestyle relay team that claimed back-to-back golds at both those Olympic meets. She has also won Olympic Games silver in the 400m medley relay, and bronze in the 800m freestyle relay.

The 29-year-old swim star last raced for Australia at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, where she came away with three relay golds and one silver in a hugely successful meet for Australia's teams. Wilson swam in the heats of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, women’s 4x200m freestyle relay, women’s 4x100m medley relay and mixed 4x100m freestyle relay.

Wilson also claimed four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 as part of Australia's dominant relay teams. Wilson was part of the successful 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams and also swam in the heats of both mixed relay events.

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