13/04/2024

Jordin Canada won the 2023/24 Suzy Batkovic Medal (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Wikimedia Commons)

In her first season in the WNBL, Melbourne Boomers guard Jordin Canada has won the league MVP, taking home the Suzy Batkovic Medal. 

Leading the league in assists, Canada was a crucial member of the Boomers side who made the playoffs for a seventh-consecutive season. 

The American joins Canadian Kia Nurse as the only import to achieve the highest honour in Australian women’s domestic basketball. Playing for the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA, Canada has enjoyed her time with the Boomers over the American offseason. 

“I’ve had an amazing time here in Australia,” she said.

“My teammates and the Boomer organisation have welcomed me with open arms and have checked in on me and made sure I’ve felt at home.”

Playing abroad has also helped the 28-year-old develop her leadership skills, becoming a respected figure at the Boomers. 

“I think my leadership role has definitely developed over this season,” Canada said. 

“I’m more of a quiet leader, but I think I’ve been put in a position to be more vocal, so that’s something I tried to work on throughout the season and I think I did a pretty good job.”

Along with 7.6 assists per game, Canada also averaged 15.2 points each outing. 

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Four of the five MVP nominees were selected in the All-WNBL First Team. Teenager Isobel Borlase highlighted the additions to the side, making the cut in just her second season. 

Capitals guard Jade Melbourne and Flyers rebounding machine Mercedes Russell also earned maiden First-Team selections. Suzy Batkovic Medal runner-up and 2023/24 Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Nicholson rounded out the five. 

In other awards for the night, Melbourne also took out the inaugural Fan MVP. The 21-year-old led the league in assists alongside Canada, as well as top five in points per game. 

Alex Sharp was also amongst the award winners for the University of Canberra Capitals, named as the Betty Wilson Breakout Player of the Year. The guard was dominant throughout the 2023/24 season. Averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per game, Sharp relished in her starting role.  

Townsville Fire coach Shannon Seebohm made history, joining Tom Maher as the only four-time Coach of the Year. Seebohm led his side to their second-straight minor premiership, with a record of 14 wins and seven losses.   

Meanwhile, Southside Flyer Leilani Mitchell was announced as the Sixth Woman of the Year. 

2023/2024 CYGNETT WNBL AWARD WINNERS
 
Suzy Batkovic Medal (League MVP): Jordin Canada, Melbourne Boomers

Fan MVP: Jade Melbourne, UC Capitals

Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year Award: Lauren Nicholson, Sydney Flames

Sixth Woman of the Year Award: Leilani Mitchell, Southside Flyers

Coach of the Year Award: Shannon Seebohm, Townsville Fire

Betty Watson Breakout Player of the Year Award: Alex Sharp, UC Capitals

Cygnett Community Award: Courtney Woods, Townsville Fire

ALL WNBL FIRST TEAM
Jordin Canada, Melbourne Boomers
Jade Melbourne, UC Capitals
Lauren Nicholson, Sydney Flames
Isobel Borlase, Adelaide Lightning
Mercedes Russell, Southside Flyers
 
ALL WNBL SECOND TEAM
Sami Whitcomb, Townsville Fire
Naz Hillmon, Melbourne Boomers
Amy Atwell, Perth Lynx
Aari McDonald, Perth Lynx
Didi Richards, Sydney Flames

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