Bendigo’s four time Olympic medallist, basketball player Kristi Harrower, will re-join her Spirit team mates for the WNBL season.
Harrower, who claimed her fourth Olympic medal in London this year as the starting point guard for the Australian Opals had been in doubt to resign – but a healthy body and excitement about the Spirit has drawn her back.
After a serious Achilles injury significantly restricted Kristi’s training and playing time for more than half of the last WNBL season – treatment and a solid rehabilitation regime got her into great shape for the Olympics.
In her last game in Australian colours Kristi scored 21 points to help Australia beat Russia to claim the bronze medal.
Kristi said she had taken her time to make this decision to make sure she was confident her body was in good shape and that it was the right thing to do.
“Having the Achilles injury was tough, but at the Olympics people were saying that they could see I’d recaptured some the speed and agility that I’d missed for the past couple of years,” she said.
“I said to the club that I wanted to see how things went in London, then take a break for a few weeks to refresh and decide if I wanted to play on.”
“Bendigo people have supported me so strongly, I love the city and I think it’s an exciting time for the Bendigo Spirit as we enter our sixth season.”
“We’ve brought together a great group of girls – some players who’ve been here for a few years now, some key new recruits and some new young faces. I’m really looking forward to it.”
“I think that with this team, if we work hard and all pull in the same direction, we can be a serious finals threat.”