One of Newcastle’s greatest sporting exports, Suzy Batkovic, is set to make her mark off the court after being appointed to the Basketball Australia (BA) board.
The 42-year-old, who was born in Lambton, kicked off her playing career as a junior with the Port Hunter association.
She’s since become among the sport’s most decorated basketballers.
A three-time Olympian winning two silvers and a bronze, Batkovic has played at the highest level in the USA, Europe and Australia.
The Novocastrian also secured a bronze medal at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2002.
Known as one of Australia’s toughest competitors, she’s won countless awards, too, including five WNBL championships, six WNBL MVPs (Most Valuable Player), named in the WNBL All-Star team on seven occasions and a four-time WNBL top shooter recipient.
She was part of the inaugural Townsville Fire in 2001 and is now an elected councillor at the Townsville City Council and chairperson for the 2032 Legacy Working Group.
Her legacy, however, lives on in the WNBL with the Suzy Batkovic MVP Award named after her.
“I’m excited and honoured to join the BA board,” she said.
“I welcome the opportunity to give back to the sport that gave me so much over my 20-plus-year career.
“So, I’m looking forward to working with the board to continue to grow the sport from grass roots to the elite level.”
BA chair John Carey is also thrilled with her appointment.
“Suzy’s basketball pedigree is unmatched, her passion for the game and in particular her work to increase the profile of women’s sport makes her an invaluable board member,” he said.
“As a councillor, she is adept at managing multiple stakeholders to achieve mutual outcomes.
“She certainly needs no introduction… and we welcome her to the board.
“We’re excited for the contribution that she will make.”
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