27-year-old Nat Burton will get her chance to compete at her first Olympic Games at Rio. The 194cm centre has been a regular in the side since making her national team debut in 2013 and will be hoping to push her team to a historic gold.
Burton made the move to the US in 2008 where she joined West Virginia University in the Big East Conference. She played 31 games in her first season and after four years at the college would eventually finish with the second highest field goal percentage in school history.
She had some time away from the game before playing for the West Coast Waves in the 2012/13 WNBL season. Soon after she secured her first national team appearance and went on to win bronze at the 2013 Summer University Games.
Burton helped the team claim the 2013 Oceania Championship and won bronze with the team at the 2014 World Championships.
She joined the Melbourne Boomers for the 2014/15 season and currently plays for the Perth Lynx. She started in both of Australia’s matches against New Zealand as they won the 2015 Oceania Championships to qualify for their ninth consecutive Olympic Games.
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Perth, WA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 5 wins & 3 losses - European Tour (Italy & France)
- 1st – Rio 2016 test event (Rio, Brazil)
- 1st – 2015 Oceania Championships (Melbourne & Tauranga, New Zealand)
- 3rd – 2014 World Championships (Turkey)
- 1st – 2013 Oceania Championships (Canberra & Auckland, New Zealand)
- Winning 2014 World Championships bronze
- Winning the Oceania Championships in 2013 & 2015
- Being selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Carine Senior High School (WA, Australia)
- West Virginia University (WV, USA)
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Majoring in Finance - West Virginia University (2008-2012)
Primary Training Base
- I always eat a banana before every game
- Favourite food
- Roast Lamb
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- All sorts
- Personal Motto
- "Be kind, work hard, stay humble, smile often"
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Food! Specifically dessert
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- First Olympic Memory?
- No distinct memory but I always remember sitting down as a family to watch swimming events and just being in awe of the athletes and feeling so nervous and excited for them
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My parents and my sisters who stand by my side with smiles and support no matter what. I feel unstoppable when they are in the crowd watching me
- Why this sport?
- I've played basketball my whole life and I love it when everyone performs their role and backs their teammates up to help the team succeed