Rachael Sporn

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Rachael Sporn
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Born (1968-05-26) 26 May 1968 (age 47)
Murrayville, Victoria[1]

Rachael Pamela Sporn OAM (born 26 May 1968 in Murrayville, Victoria) is a former Australian basketball player. She played for Adelaide Lightning in Australia's Women's National Basketball League where she was twice league MVP and seven times selected in the WNBL All-Star Five. She heads the all-time points scoring and rebound list for the WNBL.[2] The Women's National Basketball Association club Detroit Shock recruited Sporn for the 1998 season.[2]

Sporn played 304 games for the national basketball team, including three Olympic Games—two silver medals (2000 and 2004) and a bronze (1996)—and three World Championships (1990, 1994 and 1998).[3][1]

Sporn is a member of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.[2][3] She was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2001.[4][5]

Her older brother Kieran Sporn (born 28 August 1966) was also a top level athlete who played Australian rules football for West Adelaide in the SANFL (1986-1988), as well as Essendon (1989-1993) and Fitzroy (1994) in the VFL/AFL.[6]

Rachael Sporn is currently the only Adelaide Lightning player to have her number retired by the team. Her #14 singlet hangs on the western wall of the Adelaide Arena alongside the Lightning's 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2008 WNBL championship banners.

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  1. ^ a b "Rachael Sporn". Olympic Sports. Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rachael Sporn". Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Rachael Sporn". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Search Australian honours". It's an honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Search Australian honurs". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Past Player Profiles: SPORN, Kieran". Essendon Football Club. Retrieved 23 September 2010.