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Rachel Jarry Signs With New SEQ Basketball Team

WNBLWNBA player Rachel Jarry is the latest star recruit to join the new South East Queensland women’s basketball team in the WNBL. Jarry is one of Australia’s most successful women’s basketball exports, currently playing for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. In 2013 the team went on to win the WNBA Championship, making Jarry only the eighth Australian to achieve such an honour. She was also a member of the Australian Opals squad in the 2012 Olympic Games and has played with the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL. Jarry has signed on to the new Logan-based club alongside dual WNBA championship winner and Olympic silver medalist Erin Phillips. SEQ Basketball announced earlier this month that it had secured a licence for the yet to be named SEQ team to compete in the 2015-2016 Wattle Valley WNBL. Four-time Olympian Shane Heal will coach the team. Shane Heal said Rachel Jarry was an outstanding addition to the team. “To have another motivated and hard working Australian representative that also plays in the powerful American league is a real coup for our program and for basketball in South East Queensland,” he said. “It’s also a statement of our intention to challenge the top teams in our first year. Rachel’s best basketball is in front of her and I know we can help her game to another level. To have her teaming up with Erin Phillips makes me really eager to get on court and start building the team.” Rachel Jarry said she was excited for the opportunity to join the SEQ team. “I’m looking forward to working with Shane Heal and also Erin Phillips who I have been lucky enough to have as a team mate with the Opals,” she said. “I think the WNBL always needs a team in this part of the country and I think it’s great that we will have a presence here once again. I can’t wait to be a part of this team and to help build the profile of women’s basketball in South East Queensland.” SEQ Basketball Chairman Jarrod Sierocki said the signing of Rachel Jarry marked an “explosion of Australian talent” being attracted to South East Queensland who are currently playing in the WNBA. “South East Queensland is a wonderful place in which to live, play and show support for our sporting clubs.  We have so much talent amongst our Australian players and now we have the opportunity to attract the best Australian players to our home state which is something we should be very proud of,” Mr Sierocki said. “I am proud to officially welcome Rachel to SEQ Basketball and Queensland.  She is an outstanding athlete that we believe can be adopted as a Queenslander and proudly represent SEQ Basketball and Queensland in women’s sport. “We are very excited to have Rachel as a foundation player for SEQ Basketball which will debut next season.” A public social media competition will soon be launched to provide the name of SEQ Basketball’s WNBL team and give the fans input into the team. ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs on 0419 828 440