TAKING the national women’s competition to the next level is aim of the new Head of WNBL Sally Phillips.
The Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) announced Phillips’ appointment on Tuesday morning, with the former player having been extensively involved in the sport for over 20 years.
Phillips has been involved with the WNBL from the playing side as well as in administration, as she has been Dandenong Basketball’s Commercial Operations Manager for the last three years, and feels her appointment is the next great accolade for her basketball career.
“It’s obviously a huge thrill for me to be joining the team at Basketball Australia and having been involved in the sport for such a long time – initially as a player and in administration for the last three years in the league with the Jayco (Dandenong) Rangers – I feel like I’ve been given a green and gold jersey again,” Phillips said. “To be given that chance to be working in the WNBL – to take what is the second best league in the world – is a huge thrill.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous as you can see, but I’m over the moon that I’ve been given this great opportunity.”
Phillips’ role will include working with member clubs in driving the strategy and marketing of the WNBL – with Dandenong Rangers, Melbourne Boomers and Bendigo Spirit forming part of the 2016/17 eight-team league.
“Top of my list – with the season only being a couple of months out – is hitting the ground running and building those relationships with our clubs as they’re the key stakeholders of our league,” Phillips said. “I think the first one is if I can get those relationships built really well with those clubs, that would be a really big step for me.
“We’ve got some of the world’s best basketball athletes running around… so I’m all about talking about the great things and the positive things moving forward.”
It brings Phillips back to the WNBL arena after a 10-year playing career where she shone across 193 games with the Australian Institute of Sport, Melbourne, Dandenong and Adelaide.
Basketball Australia General Manager of Competitions Paul Maley believes Phillips is ‘the complete package’ when it comes to her experience on and off the court and it makes her a fantastic person to lead the WNBL.
“She has been involved in women’s basketball in Australia for over 25 years as a player, administrator and marketer and has the skill set required to lift the visibility of the WNBL across the country,” Maley said. “This combined with her intricate knowledge of the league and genuine passion for the game makes her the perfect appointment.
“We’re just thrilled to be able to welcome Sally, we feel this is an important step for us as a league, to have someone like Sally join the team and drive the WNBL forward.”
Phillips will officially take on the role on Monday 29 August.