Cayla George grew up around Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Whilst living there she attended Mt Barker High and Cabra College. Cayla started off playing netball, however once she made the switch to basketball she didn’t look back. She began playing for the Eastern Mavericks and continued to love the game as well as the overall physicality it brought.
After conversations with Kentucky and Miami US Colleges, George decided to pursue her professional career at home in Australia’s WNBL, she was 16 years of age when she started playing with the AIS. From here George’s career took off, 2007 saw her win ‘Rookie of the Year’ as she averaged a 15 point and 11 rebound double-double.
Cayla has since played for many teams in many accomplished leagues. In the WNBL she’s gone on to play for Adelaide Lightning, Logan Thunder, Townsville Fire, and the Deakin Melbourne Boomers. In France she’s played for both Pay d’Aix Basket and Nantes Rezé Basket, she also had a stint playing for Sopron in Hungary. In the WNBA over in the US George has represented both the Phoenix Mercury and the Dallas Wings.
George loves competing and thrives under competition pressure. However, as much as she loves basketball and the amazing experience and overall blessing it’s given her to play all over the world, she is challenged with missing home and her two huskies a lot. But at the end of the day it’s her home and family that inspire her to make the most of her opportunities. She sees how the ripple effect born from her wins elates happiness and pride in the ones she loves, and that is the most rewarding part for her. She also just loves that winning feeling.
Cayla George’s exciting career thus far has made for many monumental highlights such as being a part of the Opals for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In nine minutes a match, George averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds throughout the Rio tournament.
She’s also won Silver at the 2018 World Cup and winning 3x WNBL Championships.