It is with great sadness that Basketball Australia announces the retirement of World Champion defencejobs Opal Jenny Whittle from international competition.
Whittle entered the ranks of elite basketball nearly two decades ago as a 15-year old with the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989.
She has since played 257 games for Australia at the junior and senior level, including five world championships, one Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games.
Whittle won a bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996, a silver medal at Sydney in 2000 and a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in 2006, as well as a Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) championship with the Canberra Capitals in 2006.
Along with stints in France, Spain and Hungary, Whittle has played 268 WNBL games and will continue in that league in the upcoming season with the Adelaide Lightning, it was announced today.
She remains the all time leading shot blocker in the WNBL.
“It’s the right time to go,” Whittle said.
“Last year was such an incredible experience winning the World Championship and it’s great to leave the international game on top.”
“I only wish I could have shared the World Champs with some of my old team mates.”
Whittle named the Sydney Olympics as a career event highlight, as well as playing alongside World Champions Lauren Jackson and Tully Bevilaqua.
“It was a special two weeks playing in front of a home crowd for an Olympic Games, probably the best two weeks of my life.”
“I was with the Opals when Lauren came in as a rookie and to see her develop over the years has been pretty awesome.
“She is the Captain now and she has turned into such a great leader and a good friend too, so I’ll really miss playing with her.
Whittle is currently studying business administration at TAFE and will use her time in Adelaide, where she will be near to defencejobs Opals Head Coach Jan Stirling, to continue her study.
“Jenny has left a wonderful legacy from which all Opals can learn,” Stirling said.
“I know many of them will contact her to offer their genuine thanks for her long and sustained years of commitment and dedication, and importantly the support and friendship she has provided to many of us.
“On a personal level, I know my life has certainly been enriched through knowing her and sharing a journey of many wonderful challenges.”
Basketball Australia would like to thank Jenny for her incredible contribution to our sport.