Australian Opal Anneli Maley, known for her exceptional skills on the court, is equally renowned for her advocacy off the court. As an ambassador for the tournament, Maley aims to champion the cause of equality in sports, emphasizing the importance of creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and celebrated.
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Sports should be a space where everyone feels included, regardless of their background. I am honoured to be part of an event that promotes unity and acceptance,” shared Maley.
As a former professional basketball player with an illustrious career, AJ Ogilvy brings a wealth of experience and passion to the ambassadorial role. With a deep commitment to fostering inclusivity in the basketball community, Ogilvy’s involvement in the 2024 Pride Basketball Australia Tournament is poised to inspire players from all walks of life.
It is truly an honour to be involved with the pride in basketball tournament again. Seeing the joy and excitement that it brought to the community at the inaugural event last year was a highlight of the world pride celebrations. I know the tournament will be bigger this year and I can’t wait to see everyone on the court again.” remarked Ogilvy
In a nod to diversity, Basketball NSW proudly introduces NSW Wheelchair Athlete Matthew Caruana as an ambassador, highlighting the importance of inclusivity across all abilities. Caruana, who is a suicide survivor, humanitarian, and national ambassador for Lifeline and a NSW representative wheelchair basketball, believes the tournament will serve as a platform to showcase the skills and determination of athletes in the wheelchair division.
Ever since I began playing wheelchair basketball, I’ve been shown more than ever that everyone has a place ‘on court’. Regardless of one’s identity or ‘ability’, anyone who gives their best and brings their champion spirit shines out there! To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023 (IDPwD), I’m honoured to amplify the message of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through my ambassadorship with Pride in Basketball Australia and Basketball NSW. ” said Caruana.