Awarded the British Empire Medal
Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Netball Australia Service Award
Awarded Australian Sports Medal
Inducted in Australian Netball Hall of Fame
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia

Positions Played

GAGoal Attack




Place of Birth

Hobart, Tasmania



Test Debut

5th August, 1963




Margaret Caldow’s international career spanned 17 years at a time when Test matches weren’t played as frequently as they are in the modern era. That Caldow was able to maintain her consistency at the top level for such a long period is testament to her fitness and dedication.

Born and raised in Tasmania, Caldow moved to Victoria after completing her schooling. She represented Victoria in athletics before deciding to concentrate on netball and was a dynamic goal attack at club, state and international level.

She represented Australia at three Netball World Cups – 1963 (England), 1975 (Auckland) and 1979 (Trinidad & Tobago), winning three titles including two as captain.

At the end of the 1975 world championships Caldow was named captain of the `World Team’. She served eight years as national captain and also led Victoria for eight of the 11 national championships she played in between 1961 and 1979.

When her playing days finished Caldow turned to coaching. She was coach of the Australian Institute of Sport program between 1984-85 and was in charge of the Melbourne Kestrels in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 2003.

She also coached England at the 2007 Netball World Cup.

Caldow has had several stints working with the Australian team as an assistant or specialist coach, including two Netball World Cups in 1987 and 2015. She served as a national selector for 12 years in two separate stints.

A member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Caldow was among the inaugural inductees in Netball Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.