Player

Suzy Batkovic

Townsville Fire DOB: 17 Dec 1980 Height: 192 cm Position: Centre Number: 8

Hometown: Newcastle, NSW

Junior Association: Newcastle (NSW)

International Debut: 1999

Biography

Batkovic burst onto the scene as part of the Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor team that claimed the 1999 WNBL Championship with the AIS. This led to the Newcastle-native becoming a staple in the Jayco Australian Opals squad, helping the team win bronze at the 2002 FIBA World Championships.

Catching the attention of many international suitors, Batkovic was selected by the Seattle Storm in the 2003 WNBA Draft. The 192cm centre spent the next seven seasons abroad, winning the 2004 Euroleague title with French team Valencienne along with stints in the WNBA, Spain, Russia and Italy.

During this time Batkovic was ever present in the Opals squad, twice winning the Maher Medal for International Player of the Year (2001 and 2008) and helping the team claim the silver medal at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games.

Returning to the WNBL, it was for the Adelaide Lightning where Batkovic was at her best, winning back-to-back WNBL Most Valuable Player awards – sandwiched between a third Olympic medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

After a successful two seasons in Adelaide, Batkovic made the move to the Townsville Fire for the 2013/14 WNBL season, producing another outstanding season, earning a third consecutive WNBL All-Star Five selection.

Batkovic's veteran experience and leadership helped the Opals secure a place in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games after defeating New Zealand in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. She was the Championship top scorer, averaging 15.5 points, while also averaging six rebounds.

Previous Clubs:

1996-1999 – AIS (WNBL)
1999-2001 – Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
2001-2002 – Townsville Fire (WNBL)
2002-2004 – Valencienne (France)
2004-2005 – Ros Casares Valencia (Spain)
2005 – Seattle Storm (WNBA)
2005-2008 – UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
2008-2009 – Cras Taranto (Italy)
2009 – Seattle Storm (WNBA)
2009-2010 – Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
2010-2011 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2011-2013 – Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
2013-Current – Townsville Fire (WNBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA Oceania Championship: 2015
FIBA Oceania Championship Top Scorer: 2015
Olympic Games: 2004 (Sliver), 2008 (Silver) and 2012 (Bronze)
FIBA World Championship: 2002 (Bronze), 2010
Maher Medal (International Player of the Year): 2001, 2008
WNBL Champion: 1999, 2001
WNBL MVP: 2012, 2013
WNBL All-Star Five: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
EuroLeague Champion: 2004
Euroleague World All-Star Team: 2006
Italian A1 Champion: 2009