|03 May 2006|
As women's basketball increases in both quality and popularity, more and more female players are taking advantage of the opportunity to connect directly with their fans by launching their own personal web sites.
Not only does the web give fans the chance to find out about their favourite players, it gives them a peek into their lives away from the sporting arena.
After searching high and low online for which of the game's top performers have an online presence, we've reviewed the best player web sites out there.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka - http://www.bibrzycka.e-nba.pl/
Unfortunately Agnieszka's site is currently available in Polish only. For those of you who haven't quite yet mastered Polish, there is an extensive photo gallery and a good multimedia section where you can even download a picture of Agnieszka onto your mobile phone. There is also a guestbook where you can make your comments, and perhaps ask her webmaster for an English version of the site.
Elodie Godin - http://www.elodiegodin.com/
A French only web site which details Elodie's career so far. There is a pretty big photo gallery of game action pictures and even a video with some highlights from Elodie and her teammates at Bourges. Check it out and if you have any comments, you can email Elodie directly via the site.
Kristi Harrower - http://www.kristiharrower.com/
Kristi Harrower's web site is definitely among the best of all the current players in Europe. There is a regularly updated blog, a ton of pictures of Kristi on and off the court and even the chance to take part in competitions and win prizes! As well as that, you can find out all about Kristi's career for both club and country and a large archive of articles about the Australian point guard.
Audrey Sauret-Gillespie - http://www.audreysauretgillespie.com/
Absolutely one of the most up-to-date and in depth player web sites out there, but only in French. Audrey weighs in on everything from the reason she moved to Ekaterinburg, her feelings for old club Valenciennes and the lack of publicity for women's basketball in France. She has a regular blog with some great behind the scenes pictures and there is a large archive of material on her time with the national team.
Linda Frölich - http://www.lindafrohlich.com/
Germany's top women's player weighs in with her own web site, which according to the homepage will be revamped soon. There is no blog on this English only site, but plenty of other interesting sections for fans to visit. There is a very detailed biography, as well as details on Linda's career awards and statistics. There is also the chance to join Linda's fan club, which gets you a t-shirt, Linda's book and a monthly email from the Spartak Moscow and Indiana Fever forward all for just $30 per year.
Ann Wauters - http://www.annwauters.be/
Available in Dutch and English, Ann Wauters was one of the first European players to launch her own web site back in 2003. There is plenty of updated news about Ann's season with Samara and future plans and a huge choice of pictures of Ann both on and off the court (including some great shots of her with Tony Parker). Take a few minutes to sign the guestbook and you can even order a customised Ann Wauters shirt for €25.
Amaya Valdemoro - http://www.amayavaldemoro.com
Amaya Valdemoro's website has recently undergone a redesign and looks all the better for it. Those who want to sign up to join Amaya's fan club (which is free) get exclusive access to the forum and the chance to chat online with the Spanish star. The site is only available in Spanish, but a highlight for everyone is the photo gallery. There are lots of pics from Amaya's playing career, her childhood and some very cool shots from various shoots, including one for GQ magazine.