Ratcliffe attended Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, and is currently studying at Princeton University. While at Princeton she broke the Ivy League record for the indoor 20 lb weight throw in her first competition with the implement. In her first outdoor competition she broke the Ivy League record in the hammer throw. In 2014, she was unbeaten in the NCAA, was the NCAA Division 1 Hammer Throw champion and was awarded the USTFCCCA Division 1 Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the year. She is the current New Zealand national record in the hammer throw with a distance of 70.75 m set in July 2016.
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Julia played field hockey for Waikato Diocesan School, captained Waikato Hockey representative teams at three different age levels and was a member of the Waikato representative team that won the national under 14 tournament in 2005.