AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME- JEAN FORSTER

AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME- JEAN FORSTER

Jean Forster, or Jeanie Kupsch as she was known during her early playing career, is maybe best remembered as the first exponent of the jump shot in Australia but her achievements extend far beyond that important mark in the history of the sport.

Her career began in 1958 at the young age of 15 and it did not take long for the Melbourne Comets to take notice of her, a club that Forster would remain loyal to throughout her playing days.

Standing at 167cm, the left-hander played predominantly in the front court as a power forward or centre and her ability to create her own shot made her a constant source of frustration for oppositions while her jump shot helped to revolutionise offences in Australia.

Selected in the Victorian senior team at the age of 16, Forster was a key element of the state’s domination during the Australian Championships from 1960-66 and in 1963 she was awarded the best and fairest for the tournament.

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That success at state level led to her earning a spot in the national team and in 1962, she travelled with the Opals on an arduous tour of South East Asia.

In a 14-game tour, the team lost just one game and five years later, Forster was named the captain of the Opals during their 1967 World Championship campaign in Czechoslovakia.

The tournament was just the second for the female nation team after they qualified for the Brazilian World Championships a decade earlier and while the Aussies did not reach the finals, Forster was named the MVP of the lead-in tournament and starred throughout the World Champs.

She scored 20+ points in four of her six games, recording a tournament high 34 points against Brazil before finishing with an average of 21.2 points per game, second best for the tournament overall while shooting a very impressive 63% from the field.

Retiring in 1970, Forster left a substantial mark on the game in Australia and was instated in the Basketball Victoria Hall of Fame in 1990 prior to her induction in the national Hall of Fame this year.

Purchase your tickets for one of Australian basketball's most prestigious nights as Jean Forster is inducted alongside six other athletes, coaches and contributors here.

The 2016 Australian Basketball Hall of Fame Class:

ATHLETES

Perry Crosswhite AM
Jean Forster
Liesl Tesch AM
Jenny Whittle

COACH
Patrick Hunt AM

CONTRIBUTORS
Ron Harvey CVO AM
Ken Watson BEM

LEGEND
Michele Timms