20/04/2024

Sara Blicavs playing for the Opals. (Photo: NBL1)

The AOC has today announced that Victorian Sara Blicavs will join the Opals side that will compete in Tokyo after the withdrawal of Liz Cambage.

The Australian Olympic Committee has today announced that Sara Blicavs will join the Australian Olympic team following the withdrawal of Liz Cambage.

Blicavs comes from a basketballing family with with her father Andris representing Australia at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and her mum Kara (nee Ogden) representing Australia at the 1983 World Championships. With Blicavs looking to continue her families legacy.

Blicavs is coming off an championship win in the WNBL with her team in the Southside Flyers as well as coming back from a training camp with the Phoniex Mercury in the WNBA.

Blicavs has also been competing with the Geelong Supercats in the NBL1 over winter with the Tokyo 2020 games to be Blicavs’ Olympic debut.

Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo congratulated Blicavs for continuing her family legacy.

“Sara comes from a family with a fantastic Australian basketball heritage and I’m thrilled to announce Sara today to continue this legacy in Tokyo,” Chesterman said.

“This Opals team is an incredibly strong group and I know Sara will be a fantastic addition to the squad.

“Today is a day to celebrate not just for Sara but for her family, coaches, teammates and supporters who have been there throughout her basketball career and have helped her realise her Olympic dream.”

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Head coach Sandy Brondello praised Bilcavs’ adaptability and growth in recent years.

“This is a dream that we all want to achieve in our careers and Sara’s been playing great” Brondello said.

“She’s a player that continues to get better every single year.

“She’s very versatile, she can shoot, she can rebound, she does a lot of great things She’s been in the [Opals] system for so long, she’s going to slip in really smoothly.

“We’re excited to get her with us and that she gets an opportunity to go to an Olympic Games.

“When you face some kind of adversity, when someone leaves the team, it means that you can replace them.

“It was really hard to pick that final 12, Sarah really was so close to making this team, it’s nothing that she didn’t do, it was more about the balance of the team.

“To make that call the other day to say that she’s the player we want made me happy.”

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