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FIBA Women's World Championships

L-R Lauren Jackson, Erin Phillips, Jenni Screen, Penny Taylor-Gill, Emma Randall, Hollie Grima, Kristi Harrower, Laura Summerton, Belinda Snell, Jenny Whittle, Emily McInerny & Head Coach Jan Stirling

·      Australia were named World Champions after winning the 15th FIBA World Championship in Brazil in September 2006.  Australia defeated Russia 91 – 74 in the Gold Medal Game.

·         Australia qualifies for the World Championship through competing in the FIBA Oceania Basketball Championship held each 4 years in the year preceeding the World Championships.

·         Australia has competed in every World Championship held with the exception of the first Championship held in Chile in 1953.

·         Australia was host of the 12th Women’s World Championship in 1994 with 16 countries competing in the preliminary rounds in Hobart, Launceston and Adelaide and with the finals held in Sydney at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

·         Australia was defeated by China in the semi final 66 – 65 and was beaten by USA in the bronze medal game 100 – 95.  Brazil defeated China in the Gold Medal Game.

·         Australia won their first medal at a World Championship in 1998 in Germany with a bronze medal defeating Brazil 72 – 67.

·         Australia won their second medal in China in 2002 with a bronze medal defeating Korea 91 – 63.

·         Robyn Maher has competed in 6 World Championships commencing in 1979 with her final championship appearance as team captain in 1998 in Germany where Robyn led the team to their first World Championship medal.

·         Penny Taylor was named the Most Valuable Player in the 15th World Championship played in Brazil in 2006.

·         Lauren Jackson was the top scorer and top rebounder in the 15th World Championship played in Brazil in 2006.

·         USA have won 6 Gold Medals in World Championship, Russia have won 4 Gold Medals.

·         Lauren Jackson was the youngest athlete to play in a World Championship for Australia when she was selected for the 1998 World Championship in Germany at 17 years of age.

·         Jan Stirling has coached at two World Championships – 2002 in China and 2006 in Brazil winning a bronze and gold medal.

·         Australia’s womens program is currently ranked 2nd by FIBA after USA.  The rankings are determined over an 8 year program and takes into consideration U19 and U21 age categories.

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