The Women’s National Basketball League has announced the competition’s most valuable player will be presented the Suzy Batkovic Medal from next season.
It’s news Newcastle’s basketballing queen never expected, even after her retirement was heralded with plaudits and honours from around the country.
“It hasn’t completely sunk in. It is a huge honour and I am really humbled by it,” Batkovic told the Newcastle Herald after the announcement.
“It was until after game three of the grand final series that Sally Phillips (WNBL boss) had a chat to me about it. I thought she was joking at first, is it April Fools?
“I always wanted to leave a legacy. If I could inspire one person to get off the couch and play sport, that would be great for me. I always hoped that people watched me play and it motivated them or made them want to be better, showed them that they can achieve what they want to achieve if they put the hard yards in.”
Newcastle’s greatest basketballing star and former Australian representative Batkovic is a six-time MVP in the domestic league, and also holds the top spot in the league’s historic scoring records. The 38 year old has also been named an Australian All-Star seven times, and has been the leading rebounder in a season four times.