Pink Hoops MVP award to be named after Mangakahia

January 11, 2024 | Sydney Flames news

The importance of Tiana Mangakahia in the creation of the Pink Hoops double-header has been recognised by the Sydney Flames and Kings, with them deciding to name an award after her.

Following the conclusion of the Flames’ round 11 fixture with the Perth Lynx at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday, January 14, the player of the game will be presented the Tiana Mangakahia MVP award – as judged by panellists Mangakahia, Flames president Victoria Denholm and Hoops Capital CEO Chris Pongrass.


Flame #211 Mangakahia was blown away when the club informed her of the honour this week.

“It’s an honour to have an MVP award named after me,” the former Australian Opal said.

“It’s so special and I feel appreciative of the club for thinking of this idea.

“I’m so excited for Sunday, raising awareness for breast cancer and money for the McGrath Foundation means a lot to me and I know it will be a great day.”

Denholm said this prestigious honour was extremely important to the club and one they were proud to name in Mangakahia’s name.

“Tiana is an incredible athlete and even more incredible person,” Denholm said.

“She has had and continues to have an incredible impact across our club – her legacy is just beginning but we are so proud of her.

“She continues to fight and we will continue to support her in every way we can.”

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That trio will also be the judging panel that will also vote for the Pink Hoops double-header MVP, award to the top performer from the Kings’ clash with New Zealand.

Tickets for that huge day of hoops, supporting the McGrath Foundation, at Qudos Bank Arena are still available here.