Having first gotten her chance at the Australian Institute of Sport over a decade ago, 193 cm centre Cayla George will make her Olympic debut at Rio.
George took up a scholarship at the AIS in 2005 and in 2007 she won the WNBL Rookie of the Year award. She played in the Australian U21 side in 2006, and then at both the U19 and U21 World Championships in 2007. She was one of the side’s best at the U21 event as she helped the side secure a silver medal. She made her senior team debut in 2008.
George played at the Summer University Games in 2011 before helping the Australian side to the 2011 Oceania Championships title that helped the team qualify for the London 2012 Games. She headed overseas in 2012 where she would play two seasons in France.
She returned to win the WNBL title with the Townsville Fire in the 2014/15 season before they went back-to-back in the 2015/16 season. Between these victories she headed to the Phoenix Mercury to get her first taste of WNBA competition.
George helped the side win the Rio 2016 test event earlier in the year and will be hoping to achieve similar success at her first Games.
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Mount Barker, SA, Australia
Townsville, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 5 wins & 3 losses - European Tour (Italy & France)
- 1st – 2016 WNBL Championships: Playing for Townsville Fire vs Perth Lynx (Townsville & Perth)
- 1st – Rio 2016 test event (Rio, Brazil)
- 1st – 2015 WNBL Championships: Playing for Townsville Fire vs Bendigo Spirit (Townsville & Bendigo)
- 3rd – 2014 World Championships (Turkey)
- Winning bronze at the 2014 World Championships
- Winning the WNBL Championship in 2015 and 2016 with the Townsville Fire
- Getting selected to compete at my first Olympic Games in Rio.
- St Marks Lutheran Primary School (Mount Barker, SA) Reception-Year 6, Kedron State School (Kedron, QLD) Grade 6-7
- Cabra Dominican College (Adelaide, SA) Year 8- Year 11, Lake Ginnenderra College (Belconnen, ACT) Year 12
Brendan Joyce (2013 - current)
Townsville Fire (WNBL), Australia
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Hip hop, RnB, Soul, Reggae, Pop
- Dream car
- Black Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- You couldn't climb the mountain if it were smooth!
- Star Sign
- Ears Pierced Tattoo on right foot (sister's names) Tattoo on left upper leg (Bible Scripture)
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Beach Volleyball
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman Gold Medal (Sydney 2000)
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Why this sport?
- Being tall helps and I enjoy the game.