Michele Timms inducted as Legend to 2016 Australian Basketball Hall of Fame

AUSTRALIAN women’s basketball pioneer Michele Timms will be enshrined as a Legend in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame at a gala event on Friday 25 November in Melbourne.

Playing 285 games in the WNBL, Timms won five Championships (1986-89, 1992) and was named in the All-WNBL team seven times (1988-92, 94, 96) during her playing days with Bulleen, Nunawading, Perth and Sydney.

“To be elevated to Legend status is a prestigious honour that I am truly overwhelmed to be receiving,” Timms said. “I am overawed when I look at the current Basketball Australia Legends, people that are synonymous with basketball in this country like Gaze, Watson, Ramsay and Raschke.

“It is a special feeling to be named alongside them.”

A trailblazer on the international scene, Timms became the first Australian basketballer to play overseas as a professional when she signed with German club Lotus Muchen in 1989.

She represented Australia in 264 international games, competing in four World Championships (1986, 90, 94, 98) and at three Olympics where she won a bronze medal in 1996 and a silver medal in 2000.

It caps off an extraordinary year of accolades for the Victoria basketball great, who was also inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame at a ceremony recently in Switzerland.

Perry Crosswhite, Jeanie Kupsch and the late Ken Watson further improved the Victorian ranks in the national Hall of Fame, with the three great contributors to Victorian basketball set to be inducted as well.

Picture courtesy of FIBA. Press release courtesy of Basketball Australia.

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