|30 July 2006|
Laia Palau will be Spain's face of the Year of Women's Basketball, FIBA Europe's 18-month campaign to promote the women's game across Europe.
The Spanish Basketball Federation presented Palau's appointment at a press conference during the Umcor U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife.
Palau who returns to Spain to play for Ros Casares, said she is proud to be the spokesperson for the project in Spain.
"I am happy to be part of this important initiative by FIBA Europe. The Year of Women’s Basketball is a great start to improve the image of women’s basketball," she commented.
|Esther Wender (left) and Laia Palau|
"We still have a long way to go but I am confident that the project will catch on."
Project Manager Esther Wender said she is delighted to have Laia on board for the project.
"Laia is first of all a great player, and is very well known for her enthusiasm, drive and passion for the game. She is a perfect role model for the Year of Women’s Basketball."
Year of Women’s Basketball contact person for Spain and former top player Elisabeth Cebrian told the press that she will do her best to get all people in Spain involved in women’s basketball to join forces and make an important step to improve the image of women’s basketball in Spain.
"Since the launch of the project on March 8, we have been promoting the logo of the project in as many basketball events as possible. We will work with clubs, players, coaches and Laia as much as possible to help make women’s basketball more important in Spain."
After the game, Palau, Cebrian and Wender participated in a round table discussion about the Year of Women’s Basketball during a three day course for women’s basketball coaches led by Spanish basketball legend Mocho Monsalve.