When we talk about milestones, none come much bigger than Karen Dalton’s achievements. On 342 occasions, Karen has represented her country, whether it be as a player or coach both junior or senior levels.
Karen’s experience put her in a good position as she was a member of Australia’s first ever Women’s Olympic team in 1988. Subsequently, her dedication for playing for Australia and a desire to win a medal allowed her to participate in 4 World Championships and two Olympic Games.
She is one of our longest serving female international athletes with over 14 years playing for Australia. Karen was also an assistant coach for the Australian team at the 2004 Olympic Games when our team won a silver medal.
Karen’s hard work and discipline paid off when she received two Defensive Player of the Year awards in the WNBL. Indeed, nobody knows the WNBL just like Karen does. To play even 100 matches in any professional league is a huge task, but she played an extraordinary 375 games in the league.
She wanted to pursue coaching while showing a new generation of women just what it takes to win a competition. Fittingly, Karen won a WNBL Championship with the Flames as head coach in 2003. Previously, Karen’s inspiration and results landed her WNBL Coach of the Year honours in 2001-2002.
Karen’s awards include:
• Inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.
• Life Member of the WNBL.
• Member of the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame.