Flames’ Rowe announces retirement from WNBL

March 27, 2024 | Sydney Flames news

Sydney Flames’ Kiera Rowe has announced her retirement from the WNBL, with immediate effect, choosing to transition into the next chapter of her life.

Having played 71 games over four seasons with the Hoops Capital club, Rowe had one year remaining on her contract with the Flames.

However, she has decided that now is the right time to prioritise her career in physiotherapy. 


During her seven seasons in the WNBL, Rowe didn’t just dominate on the court, she also juggled her studies, working towards her Masters of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University.

Graduating early this year, she’s proven to be a force to be reckoned with both in basketball and academics. 

“After much reflection, I have decided to retire from the WNBL to pursue my physiotherapy career,” Rowe said in a statement.

“I am incredibly grateful for all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that playing WNBL over the last seven years has brought me, and I am excited for what’s ahead.

“A huge thanks to my teammates and the Sydney Flames family for their unwavering support over the past four years and to all the amazing people I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with.

“And don’t worry, you’ll still find me hustling on the NBL1 court.”


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Flames president Victoria Denholm thanked Flame #192 Rowe for her commitment to the harbour city club and wished her good luck in her next endeavours.

“Kiera has been an incredible person to have around the club, who was consistently one of the hardest working players every day,” Denholm said.

“Her teammates loved playing with her and she does all the little things that add up to game changers in the game.

“We’re so incredibly grateful for everything she’s done for our club and know she’s going to do amazing things in her next career and phase of life – she’s a Flame of life.”

Rowe, who will finish up with 128 games to her name, will line up for the Knox Raiders in the NBL1 South competition in 2024.