2018 Basketball Australia National Coaching Conference

Mim Haigh
Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments

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7th – 8th May 2018, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia.


Basketball Australia is holding its third National Coaching Conference over 7th and 8th May at the Institute of Sport’s Basketball High-Performance Centre in Canberra. For one of the first day sessions, they have assembled a powerful panel on Coach Leadership and Mentoring.

Liz Masen, Client Director for Athlete Assessments brings her expertise and passion for mentoring to the open discussion which will feature former WNBL player and Opals Olympic and World Championship mentor Carrie Graf, former WNBL player and now WNBL referee Michelle Cosier, and WNBL life member and championship winner Gail Henderson.

Liz says, “mentoring is one of the elements of professional and personal development that has the power to change an individuals’ trajectory. I’ve benefitted enormously from my mentors and I’ve also assisted many others to develop these invaluable relationships.

She adds, “one thing I know for sure, is that these relationships need to be in place because by the time you need a strong mentor and you’re wishing you had someone to have that conversation with, it’s too late to start trying to find one.”

The panel scheduled for Day 1 of the Conference on 7 May, beginning at 2.30pm will be an opportunity for all Coaches attending the conference, male and female, to learn from past players with impressive and expansive experience across the spectrum of roles within Basketball.

Keynote speaker for the 2018 Conference is widely regarded as one of the best defensive minds in the US college game, Kerry Rupp, currently Associate Coach at Oregon State University, and formerly Head Coach at Louisiana Tech University and Associate Head Coach at Indiana University, Rupp is also renowned for his input into individual athlete development.

Liz says, “I was honoured to be invited to speak at the panel with such an accomplished line-up and I’m looking catching up with everyone involved in Basketball Australia.”

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