|19 October 2006|
basketballscotland launched the Scottish Year of Women’s Basketball at a special event held last month prior to a EuroBasket Division B Senior Men’s Qualifying game between Great Britain and The Netherlands.
Members from the 1956 Scotland senior women’s basketball team were present for the event.
The group of players were the first to represent Scotland at an international tournament 50 years ago in Prague.
Anna Herman, captain of the team, spoke of her fond memories from her career and commented on women basketball's growth over the last half-century.
Pennie Ball, basketballscotland Club Development Manager and the Year of Women’s Basketball Co-ordinator for Scotland, opened the event and introduced Mairi Buchan and Annie Rowan as the two Scottish ambassadors for women's basketball.
Buchan and Rowan respectively represent Scotland's junior and senior programme.
The two players described their love for the sport and their influences before passing the floor to Donna Finnie, Scotland’s junior women’s coach and the City of Edinburgh council basketball Development Officer.
Finnie spoke of her work with the Scottish Women’s team and how young women like Buchan and Rowan were important role models for the future generation of female basketball players.
sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris, who recently retired from coaching basketball, closed the launch with some words of support from sportscotland.
basketballscotland have co-ordinated a programme of events that involve girls and women’s basketball and are promoting these events in a booklet that will be sent out to all basketball clubs, schools and local authorities.
The booklet is available at www.basketball-scotland.com.