McSpadden excited for homecoming during Newcastle roadshow

November 28, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

This weekend’s first-ever Harvey Norman roadshow to Newcastle will not only let the Hoops Capital club connect to the community of the Hunter Region.

It will also present Flames centre Lara McSpadden to return home to where her hoops journey started more than a decade ago.

“I’m super excited to represent the Flames in a place that’s been huge for my development and love for the game,” said McSpadden.


“Newcastle is where my love for basketball began – it’s a sporting community and I’ve made lifelong friendships that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t give basketball a shot there.

“My family still lives there which is a luxury I’m lucky enough to have, being so close to home helps greatly with my own well-being as an athlete.”

During the December 1-3 trip to Newcastle, the harbour city outfit will visit both Wallsend South Public School and Charlestown South Public School, make an appearance at Harvey Norman Bennetts Green and then host a clinic at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium – all of which McSpadden will have a huge impact on the next generation of Flames.

“Bringing a team of our calibre to Newcastle will improve the presence of women in sport in the area,” said Flame #171.

“Hopefully it will subsequently increase the interest of girls in the area in basketball and give them the chance to learn, exercise in a safe space and make friendships like the Flames have.”

The Australian junior representative went on to emphasise how important roadshows like this are to regional communities.

“Roadshows are important to make sure we’re showing love to regional communities as much as we do with suburbs around Sydney,” the 24-year-old said.

“They’re also a great opportunity for us as a team to bond and learn about each other where we get to experience new places.”

The Flames’ next home game is on Saturday, December 16 against Townsville at Quaycenbtre from 5.45pm – with tickets still available here.