WNBL revamps awards program ahead of upcoming season

October 10, 2022 | Sydney Flames news

The 2022-23 season is just around the corner, and there are some exciting updates and additions to the WNBL Awards program.

The WNBL, along with new naming rights partner Cygnett, will be introducing the Cygnett WNBL Community Award, which will recognise and celebrate an athlete who has made significant contributions to the community.

The award is inspired by WNBL legend, Jenna O’Hea, who in collaboration with the WNBL launched the Lifeline Round, raising over $15,000.


At the end of each regular season, the Sydney Flames and fellow cubs will be asked to nominate one or more athletes for the award.

The recipient will be selected by the Basketball Australia Awards Committee, with the winner to receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, thanks to Cygnett.

The Betty Watson Australian Youth Player of the Year Award, named in honour of Betty Watson, a pioneer for women’s basketball in Australia, will now be re-classified as the Betty Watson Breakout Player of the Year.

This allows it to be awarded to a rookie, youth player, or another breakout performer with no age limit.

The WNBL Media Awards will also make a return this season, and will include:

  • Feature Story of the Year
  • Photograph of the Year
  • Reporter of the Year
  • Best Overall Coverage

Finally, the WNBL will be hosting a gala event to present the awards this year.

More details to come in January 2023.

The full list of awards presented on the evening includes:

  • Suzy Batkovic Medal (League MVP)
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sixth Woman of the Year
  • Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year
  • Betty Watson Breakout Player of the Year
  • Cygnett Community Award
  • All-WNBL First and Second Teams
  • WNBL Media Awards
  • WNBL Referee Awards
  • Life Membership(s)

Find a full breakdown of awards, including selection criteria here, and check out past winners here.