Player

Kelly Wilson

Bendigo Spirit DOB: 1 Jan 1985 Height: 170 cm Position: Guard Number: 22

Hometown: Melbourne, VIC

Junior Association: Leongatha (VIC)

Current Club: Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

International Debut: 2003

Biography

Wilson wasted no time announcing herself as a player to watch, taking out the 2003 WNBL Rookie of the Year award during her one-season stay at the AIS. This had plenty of clubs after the signature of the talented teen, eventually joining the Sydney Uni Flames.

After back-to-back finals appearances with the Flames, Wilson went in search of more minutes, arriving in Townsville where she would have two of the most productive seasons of her career.

In 2007 Wilson was part of the historic Emerging Opals team that claimed the gold medal at the 2007 World University Games. The Victorian was soon on the move again, this time to the Bendigo Spirit.

It was here that Wilson would settle and become a key piece in the team, racking up more than 100 games for the club. The most recent 2012/13 WNBL season proved to be the most memorable, with Wilson playing a leading role in helping the Spirit win their first WNBL title.

Her memorable performances in the finals caught the eye of the Jayco Australian Opals coaching staff, earning her first national team call-up since the 2007 World University Games to help Australia win the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Wilson added a second WNBL Championship to her collection, playing a key role in the Spirit’s second title in as many years.

Previous Clubs:

2002-2003 – AIS (WNBL)
2003-2005 – Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
2005-2008 – Townsville Fire (WNBL)
2008-Current – Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

Major Awards:

World University Games: 2007 (Gold)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2013
WNBL Championship: 2013, 2014
WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2003
Staunton Medal for best player at the U20 National Championships: 2003