A heavily decorated player and administrator, Debbie Cadee helped set the platform for the success that women’s basketball in Australia has achieved over the past three decades.
A proud Bruin, Debbie represented Bankstown for more than a decade as a player – 1974 to 1985 – winning both Sydney and NSW Championships during that time.
She shined on every level, and she got going in the junior ranks, winning two national titles – first with the women’s U16 NSW team in 1973 and again with the U18 squad in 1974.
Debbie’s talent at a young age was undeniable and at the age of 17 was selected into her first NSW Open Women’s team.
Her winning ways continued, winning three national titles between 1975 and 1982, punctuated when she captained NSW to the title in 1982.
Debbie went on to be an integral member of the Australian team that qualified for the 1984 Olympics, winning the 1982 FIBA Oceania Championships.
Her sustained success has seen her win several awards including:
• 1982 Bankstown Basketballer of the Year
• 1985 Lorraine Landon Most Inspirational Player of the Year
• 1985 Life Playing membership of the Bankstown Bruins
• 2015 Basketball NSW Merit Award
• 2016 Bob Elphinston Bankstown Basketball Association Award for her contribution to basketball over many years.