Basketball Tasmania is incredibly proud that Hollie Florance (née Grima) has been inducted to the Tasmanian Sports Hall of Fame.
Via Basketball Tasmania.
Hollie joins Opals Nita Burke (née French) and Kathy Foster as the third basketballer to be included in this illustrious group.
Hailing from Evandale, a beautiful small country town outside of Launceston, Hollie is the daughter of Monty and Christine Grima.
She represented Northern Tasmania at the Under-14 Australian Club Championships and also played for Tasmania at the Under 16 and Under 18 Australian Championships while Hollie was also a member of the National Intensive Training Centre Program and a Tasmanian Institute of Sport basketball scholarship holder.
At the age of 16, Hollie left Tasmania to take a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport where she worked and developed her game over 24 months before being selected to her first National team, the Gems.
Hollie was then able to very successfully ply her trade in the WNBL as well as in France, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Playing for the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL, she was recognised as the best player in this competition when she was awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player Award during the 2006-07 season while she also earned the top shooter award that year and was named in the All-Star team.
Generous with her time whilst in Canberra she frequently would travel home to Tasmania to mentor and work with young female athletes who were part of the state’s sporting programs.
Her list of achievements on a national and international level are equal to anyone who has worn the green and gold of the Australian women’s national teams. They include a gold medal at the 2006 World Championships, a Commonwealth Games gold medal, a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and a bronze at the 2002 World Champs.
Congratulations Hollie and well done on a spectacular career.