Terese Kennedy was a true pioneer of women’s basketball in NSW, and worked tirelessly in helping to get support for women’s sport across the country.
She began her basketball playing life in the late 1950s – joining Western Suburbs – the only Sydney based women’s team at the time.
Terese was one of the first players recruited to the renowned Barbarians Club in the 1960’s.
With their popular leopard print shorts, the womens’-only club inspired many young women who came through the sport in the ensuing decades.
Terese starred for the Barbarians, winning five consecutive State Championships from 1962 to 1967.
Her winning ways continued as higher honours beckoned – winning three national titles for NSW in 1963, 1966 and 1967 at Australian Championships for Women.
Terese helped spread the word of women’s basketball internationally touring Asia with the Australian team in 1963 and competing at the 1967 FIBA World Championships in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
Terese was an outstanding athlete, her height, athleticism and competitive drive making her one of the best players in Australia during the 1960’s.
She was known for exhibiting great sportsmanship and her contribution to the sport undoubtedly paved the way for the success women’s basketball in Australia enjoys today.