The Basketball Victoria Women in Basketball Luncheon was held yesterday at Greenacres Golf Club.

The Women in Basketball initiative was initially designed as a forum for women from within the Victorian Basketball community to get together, form networks, inspire one another, and thank the women involved in the sport for their time, expertise and dedication.

While this is still very much an objective of the program, the Women in Basketball Luncheon is much more than just a general networking opportunity.

It is a chance to acknowledge how far we have come working towards the advancement of, and opportunity for, women and girls in basketball either on or off the court as well as to discuss what more needs to be done.

WNBA athlete and VJBL alumnus Alanna Smith hosted a meet-and-greet with a number of Girls Got Game weekly winners to start the event, as she shared her stories of junior basketball and what it took to make it to the heights of her game.

The luncheon, hosted by Megan Hustwaite, included a number of guest speakers featuring AIS Director Matti Clements, a guest panel with Tal Karp, Alanna Smith and Beth Davis as well as special guest presentation from Melanie Fineberg, from VicHealth to talk about the This Girl Can – Vic program.

The day was capped off with the awarding of two major accolades from Basketball Victoria and the Victorian Junior Basketball League.

The Advancing Women in Basketball Award for 2019 was awarded to Frankston District Basketball Association’s Kerryn Mitchell, who has compiled an incredible resume as a player, coach and administrator.

Kerryn is a woman of many talents, much patience and complete passion for this game – her key achievements in her basketball include being a former junior national player, a 10-year veteran of the WNBL as well as playing in Europe. Kerryn is now the Frankston District Basketball Association’s Women and Girls Coaching Coordinator and NBL1 Assistant Coach. Kerryn is also the Basketball Victoria Metro Under-18’s Women’s Assistant Coach and Under 14 Head Coach for the Southern Cross Challenge through which she encouraged young women to excel.

Ending the afternoon was the awarding of our Overall Girls Got Game Award. The award can be awarded to a player, coach, referee, administrator, volunteer or one of the weekly winners who has worked to promote girls basketball in their Association and or the community.

The winner of this year’s Overall Girls Got Game award is Jolie Brown from Casey Basketball for her incredible work throughout the association and the area’s basketball community.