Cricketer David Warner, and his fiancée, ironwoman and model Candice Falzon, welcomed their first child yesterday, September 11, and have named their daughter Ivy Mae. Ivy Warner was born at 1.47 pm at the Royal Women’s Hospital, weighing 2.8 kg (6 lb 1 oz). David and Candice have identified Ivy as an “Ashes baby”, because she was conceived during the exciting Ashes series against England last summer.

David is a batsman with the Australian cricket team; an athletic fielder, he is also a part-time spin bowler. He joined the national side in 2009, making his debut in a Twenty20 against South Africa, soon followed by a One Day International against South Africa. His test debut was in 2011, against New Zealand. David also plays for the New South Wales state team, the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, and for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. In the past, he has played county cricket for Durham and Middlesex.

Candice, who is of Maltese heritage, became the youngest ever professional in the Ironman series when she was 14, and by 16 was the New South Wales state ironwoman champion; she has won 9 national gold medals and is also a Manly Surf Life Saver. A model who is the face of Rival Swimwear and Infinity Fitness, she was often named as one of the “hottest” Australian athletes, and considered one of Sydney’s “It” girls. Candice and David met just over a year ago, and live in Coogee.

(Photo of Candice and David from Cricket News World)