What years did you play for the Lightning/Adelaide WNBL team?
In the early days we had 3 weekend game road trips to Melbourne or Sydney, and we would fly or drive on Fridays, play Friday nights, have a light training Saturday morning, play Saturday night and again Sunday mid-morning and then either fly or drive home ready for work/school on Monday. All of the games were extremely competitive and tested our resilience and fitness.
On the weekends we played at home, we ran a stall at the Brickworks Markets selling Sweathog gear (trackies & windcheaters etc) to raise funds for the program.
Worst memories of playing with the Lightning?
Missing out on playing for Gold/Silver at the Seoul Olympics in the last second of the game and not qualifying for the 1992 Olympics. The single biggest disappointment for me is how my basketball career was forced to end, when I was informed by the coach at that time that there would not be a spot for me on the Lightning team as she didn’t feel I would cope coming off the bench, which I had already been doing for most of the 1996 year. Coming off a three-peat in 1996 made this extremely distressing for me. I was not given the opportunity to even attend pre season to see if I was still competitive. I was, however, given the opportunity to announce that it was my choice to retire, perhaps to save face. Needless to say I declined the offer.
I have also loved basketball and the lifelong friendships made throughout my career will always be with me and a very big part of my life. The respect and love for these friendships are awesome and the whole experience shaped me into the person I am today. I will be forever grateful for my basketball family.
What would you like to see from the WNBL today?
Encourage young girls to strive to play at the highest level, as the experience at playing at a high level at a young age is priceless. There are far greater opportunities out there for young girls such as WNBL, National teams/trips which weren’t available to us.
The WNBL can offer young girls lots of opportunities to develop their skills and be role models for their future generations.