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Rachael Sporn OAM

It was over an incredibly fulfilling 19 years that Rachael Sporn played basketball at the elite level. The most special memories are reserved for her years playing for “The Opals”, the Australian Women’s Basketball Team. Playing 304 games for her country, Rachael is a triple Olympian, winning bronze in Atlanta in 1996, Silver in Sydney in 2000 and Silver in Athens in 2004.

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Testimonials for Rachael Sporn OAM

“Rachael Sporn was terrific last night; so natural and a great combination of humour, passion and motivation.”
Sophie Mibus - Manager of Marketing and Development, Annesley College

“Rachael Sporn presented an excellent speech relating her background in country Victoria through to her achievements in international women’s basketball and 3 Olympic medals. She provided a recognisable link to leadership for younger people, and brought credibility through her exemplary record as an Australian sports person. She expanded upon 7 themes of performance taught by her Olympic Coach, which could be applied universally to leadership endeavour throughout life. On a personal level, Rachael is a quality champion who is most amiable and exudes the values that all Australians admire.”
Geoffrey Carruthers - Convenor, Champions of the Bush

“Rachael was warmly welcomed by 170 netball & football players, spectators & officials. Her natural story telling ability deemed to be a winner with the crowd. Her sense of humour and funny anecdotes were what kept the crowd enthralled through out her speech. She spoke about her upbringing in a small country town, and enjoyment for that lifestyle, something we all could relate to. Rachael won over the entire crowd, a night I'm sure many will remember.”
Karinne Woollatt - Corporate Services PA, District Council of Ceduna

“Rachael was very well received at our conference. I personally thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and found her to be very inspiring. The fact that she bought her Olympic medals along with her and allowed us all to touch them, I felt very honoured by.”
Sharan Towns - Mortgage Choice Limited

“Conference delegates consistently rated Rachael as the most popular speaker, coupled with comments such as 'inspirational', 'very enjoyable ­ great speaker' and 'motivational'. Rachael's natural confidence instantly won over the entire room, as she shared the story of her career, and all the ups and downs it has brought about, over the years. Genuine warmth, great sense of humour and inspirational story, makes Rachael an ideal speaker for any engagement ­ corporate or otherwise!”
Sarah Kelly - Australian Hotels Association
Rachael Sporn OAM Travels from SA
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Rachael Sporn OAM's Biography

One of Australia's most recognisable female basketball players Racheal Sporn OAM is truly respected and admired for her outstanding career.

 

Rachel was one of the stars of Australian Basketball. Playing for Adelaide Lightning in the WNBL, Rachel has won the WNBL’s Most Valuable Player award in 1996 and 1997. Her 1997 season was simply outstanding as she led in scoring (average22 points per game), field goal percentage (56%) and rebounding (186 rebounds).

 

It was over an incredibly fulfilling 19 years that Rachael played basketball at the elite level. The most special memories are reserved for her years playing for “The Opals”, the Australian Women’s Basketball Team. Playing 304 games for her country, Rachael is a triple Olympian, winning bronze in Atlanta in 1996, Silver in Sydney in 2000 and Silver in Athens in 2004.

 

Other highlights include playing for and captaining the Adelaide Lightning to four Premierships in the WNBL and playing for Detroit Shock in the WNBA for 3 seasons was a dream achieved.

 

Rachael is also a member of the South Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame. In 2015 Rachael was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to basketball and the community.

 

Away from basketball, Rachael is very passionate about the not-for-profit sector having held the position of CEO for 6 years with the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

 

Rachael currently works for ASADA as an Education Presenter promoting clean sport and also for the AOC with the Olympics Unleashed program which delivers face-to-face lessons to Primary School students aimed at improving students' ability to set goals, overcome challenges and build self-esteem.

Speaking Topics Include

The journey to 3 Olympics

Overcoming challenges, setting goals and building self asteem

Women in Sport