Rebecca Allen’s introduction into the sporting world stemmed from her being just a kid that wanted to play with her friends. Although she started off playing netball, Allen soon came to the realisation that dribbling and backboards were more her style. Rebecca is a Melbourne local and played in the junior competition for the suburb Nunawadling.
From a young age Rebecca set herself up for success with her ‘take every opportunity as they come’ attitude. It was her sheer drive, raw talent and long limbs (hence the nickname “Spida”) that enabled her to be sought out by the WNBL at the age of 16.
The pillars of the game that Allen admired most were no other than Penny Taylor and Lauren Jackson. Admiring not only their obvious sporting genius, but also the way they facilitated change and advocated for female basketball, especially in Australia. Allen wants to continue this advocacy and grow recognition for the sports female stance, from growing more media attention and legitimacy, she hopes that one day equal pay can exist between men and women.
Allen has been cruelled by many injuries throughout her time playing including two shoulder reconstructions as a teenager and in 2015 a season-ending right knee cartilage injury.
Within Australia Allen has played for the Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport, Melbourne Boomers and South East Queensland Stars. In 2014, Allen was awarded the WNBL Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year. She also played the 2013 SEABL Season where her team the Knox Raiders took out the Championship, consequently Allen was awarded the Barbara Barton (Grand Final MVP) medal. In 2015 Allen set her sights on the WNBA and signed with the New York Liberty. Currently Allen plays for Arka Gdynia Poland and New York Liberty.
Allan’s international career with the Opals has thus far amounted to a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Turkey, silver medal at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain and another bronze medal at the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup in Bangalore.
Rebecca makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo.