Bibrzycka Proud To Be Sole Pole

07 March 2006

Lotos Gdynia guard Agnieszka Bibrzycka admits she is proud to be the only Polish participant in the first-ever EuroLeague Women All-Star Game, which takes place in Pecs on Wednesday.

Agnieszka Bibrzycka (Poland)
Agnieszka Bibrzycka is the only Polish player in the All Star Game
Bibrzycka, who was fifth in the voting for the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award in 2005, has been in scintillating form for her club this season - averaging 16.5 points in the EuroLeague - and justifiably received a call-up to represent Europe in their inaugural clash with the Rest of the World.

She will hoping her performances inspire a new breed of Poles to take up the sport, something FIBA Europe will be seeking to assist as they launch the Year of Women`s Basketball project on the same day as the All-Star Game.

The initiative aims to improve participation in the sport, increase its popularity and raise awareness of the women's game.

Bibrzycka believes the All-Star Game will be a great way to tip-off the scheme and is delighted to be involved.

"I am very excited," she told PA Sport. "It`s the first time this game has been held and I`m happy to be here.

"I am the only player from Poland here so it`s a great honour to be part of this event. We are going to have a lot of fun on the court but we also hope to win."

All of us players are interested in promoting the sport and I am happy to help in any way
Agnieszka Bibrzycka
The Mikolow-born 23-year-old will be one of a number of leading players extolling the virtues of the women`s game for the next 18 months, with the project coming to an end at EuroBasket 2007 in Italy.

"All of us players are interested in promoting the sport and I am happy to help in any way," she added.

"I will be going round explaining how important it is for people to play in team sports. We have a lot of great players around but only men`s basketball is big in our country. So we will be looking to improve that."

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