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B&B: Timmsy on life and the Games

MICHELE Timms, one of the all-time greats of Australian basketball, a pioneer and a pacesetter synonymous with international success, joins Brad Rosen and me on our Brad&Boti podcast this week to talk about her life and story, plus the latest Olympic developments, including Liz Cambage's departure from the Opals.

Michele, or "Timmsy" as she is equally (if not better) known, has wracked up a few career milestones, including playing for the Opals when they won their fist Olympic medal in Atlanta (1996) and being captain of the team which secured Silver at Sydney 2000.

But, just for good measure, here's a brief rundown of her resume.

Michele is a three-time Olympian who played for 14 years on the Australian team; was named Australian Player of the Year in 1996; was the first Australian woman to play professionally overseas; was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame in 2003; named the Women’s International Player of the Year in 1994 and 1996; was a key member of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA from 1997-2001.

She was a WNBA All-Star starter in 1999, had her number #7 uniform retired, becoming the first Mercury player and just the second WNBA player to have a jersey retired.

As a player for WNBL clubs Bulleen Boomers, Nunawading Spectres, Perth Lynx and Sydney Flames, she won five championships.

In 2005, Timmsy was honoured by the WNBL with the creation of the Michele Timms Cup for the annual winner of Melbourne Boomers and Southside Flyers (formerly Bulleen Boomers and Dandenong Rangers respectively) derbies.

Her coaching record also includes working alongside current men's Olympic coach Brian Goorjian as development coach for his then NBL team, South Dragons.

She has been an assistant coach with the national teams of both China and her beloved Australian Opals and we merrily discussed how our women's team would fare at the Tokyo Olympics in the light of Liz's late withdrawal.

Oh, and just by the way, Michele also is in the FIBA Hall of Fame and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day Honours. "For significant service to basketball as a competitor at the national and international level, as an Olympic athlete, and as a mentor for women in sport", having her as our guest was a pure joy.

Hit this link to tune in or go to Apple Podcasts or Spotify if you prefer. Frankly, we aren't fussy about how you do it but just don't miss this one.

Jul 22

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