To celebrate International Women’s Day, Basketball SA have shone the spotlight on Adelaide’s own Mollie Mckendrick and the amazing work she’s doing to inspire women of all ages through her love of basketball at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium.
It all started when a few ladies expressed their interest to play basketball but also their overwhelming concerns surrounding the thought of actually stepping on to the court.
“So many parents give up time and money for their kids to play sport and be active yet they don’t give themselves the same opportunities.”
“So I started a small training session for the ladies so they could learn some fundamentals before playing.” Mollie is no stranger to the fundamentals of basketball. She has had experience both within the Adelaide Lightning squad and as a star of Basketball SA’s Premier League competition.
The word soon got out about the small training sessions held by the southern suburbs celebrity and Mollie soon had ladies approaching her to get involved.
“I had other ladies asking to join telling me how much they wanted to play so I decided to offer sessions for all ladies to come and do fitness and basketball training”
The sessions take place for an hour each Monday and Friday morning at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium.
“The response has been overwhelming with nearly 20 ladies at each sessions and it’s only growing!”
Mollie’s aim is to continue to grow the number of women each session to be able to facilitate the creation of a day-time women’s social basketball competition in the near future.
“The sessions are about ladies being fit and active but also about being positive role models for their children as they show them that no matter what, you can give anything a go.”
“It makes me so happy to see the kids watching their mum and seeing how proud they are. I love it, I really do.”
Mollie also runs girls-only school holiday camps and has an established Next Level Girls Academy to assist juniors with their skill development in an environment that is both welcoming and comfortable.
The benefit for the women involved in the program goes beyond that of increased fitness levels and enhanced basketball skills.
“The ladies often stay back after training and have a coffee just to talk about life, kids, etc. It’s a great program for both physical and mental health and I love every second of running it.”
Mollie now notices some of the ladies who participate in her programs in the stadium having the confidence to shoot around and play with their kids. Some have even joined the Wednesday night women’s social competition at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium.
“Seeing that makes all the work worth it.”
Basketball SA would like to congratulate Mollie for her fantastic efforts in providing an opportunity for girls and women of all ages to enjoy the game we all love.