Marianna Tolo and Penny Taylor cheer during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Marianna Tolo and Penny Taylor cheer during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carlos Osorio

Sportsperson of the year voting: Marianna Tolo

STANDING at 1.96cm, basketballer Marianna Tolo doesn't easily blend into the crowd.

When combined with the Mackay-born superstar's seemingly endless amounts of talent, she's impossible to miss.

Tolo's career has gone from strength to strength after making the move to the AIS in 2006 to begin her basketball journey.

Quickly establishing herself as one of the most promising young forwards in the country, Tolo hasn't looked back, accumulating accolades and success along the journey.

A two-times Woman's National Basketball League champion (2009/10), Tolo has been anointed as the leader of Australia's revival on the international stage by retiring champion Carly Wilson.

That prediction appears justified when taking Tolo's superior 2017 season into account.

Playing with the Canberra Capitals, the 28-year-old stamped her star status with a Kellie Abrams defensive player of the year award as the WNBL's best defender.

 

At club level, Tolo was awarded the Capitals' top honour, when she was named their most valuable player for 2017.

Tolo completed an inspired comeback from a knee reconstruction to win the Capitals' individual prize in March.

As one of the Australian league's best, Tolo also received her second WNBL All-Star Five nod in 2017 alongside the likes of international stars in veteran Suzy Batkovic and American Australia Leilani Mitchell.

Having also played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) with the Los Angeles Sparks and in France with Aix-en-Province and Bourges Basket, Tolo has been dubbed one of the best female athletes to have emerged from Queensland.

After her stellar season, the home-grown superstar should be firmly planted as a favourite for Mackay's Sportsperson of the Year for 2017.

To place your vote for Marianna Tolo, visit www.dailymercury.com.au/sport



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