Coffs Harbour's first WNBL player
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
BOTH Wendy and Rob Edgar are very proud parents, following the announcement last week that their daughter, Aroon, has been contracted to the Women's National Basketball League team, the Townsville Fire.
Many Coffs Harbour families will remember Aroon as an outstanding junior who played with us from the under 12s to under 18s, before moving north to Townsville for university studies.
Last season Aroon played for the Townsville ABA team, which won the Australian title.
After her performance there, new WNBL coach Peter Buckle invited her to train with the WNBL squad.
At just 22 years of age and now standing at 6'2" in the old scale, Aroon was just beside herself after that initial invitation.
Her dedication to the training regime paid off, when she was included in the Townsville squad to travel to Canberra for a 4-team WNBL tournament against Dandenong, Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Aroon hit the court in all of the pre-season games, but told mum Wendy that she "could not believe how much faster and more physical the game was from ABA to the WNBL."
Coach Buckle was impressed with the rookie's fitness and how fast she had picked up the set plays and very soon after returning to Townville, he offered her a one-year contract.
While Wendy and Rob are very proud that their daughter has reached the WNBL, they say that her years with CHBA and NSWBA provided the stepping-stones for her basketball career.
"Through her selection in Coffs Harbour representative teams, then NSW state teams and the ITC program, Aroon was able to work with a lot of coaches who helped her in many different ways," proud mum Wendy said.
"Now that she is a young woman she is finally realising the potential that so many people saw in her as a youngster."
Congratulations to Aroon from everyone in Coffs Harbour Basketball, and the very best for a successful 2008 WNBL season.