College Pathways for Aussie Elite Girls
Born to Olympian parents, Ray and Sandra Tomlinson, it seems I was destined to played basketball. From toddler years a basketball was always in my hands and I started in the junior ranks of the Melbourne Tigers Girls Basketball Club. With guidance from my father Ray Tomlinson, I entered the college pathway at NAIA level in Auburn-Montgomery then transferred to a Division One University in Troy, Alabama.
It was here that my college team won the title of Conference Champions and entered the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Following these Championships, I was selected for the WNBA Draft where I became 1 of 18 selected to the Utah Starzz Training camp in the WNBA.
After this stint with the WNBA and graduating from my psychology degree, my professional journey entered a coaching path at three major Division One colleges during the early 2000's in the USA, Auburn University, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State Universities. Prior to my US basketball career, I was a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, now known as the COE. Before receiving a scholarship there I played for Victoria from Under 16's through to Under 20's, where we won five consecutive National Championships.
Next was, Australian Women's Basketball history when our team won the first international Gold Medal for a basketball team in the Australian Junior National Team (1993). After winning at the Junior World Championships I played for Melbourne Tigers in the WNBL.
Following my elite playing career, and appreciating the value of the contribution it had made on my life, I want to show each Aussie elite girl how they can achieve this too and much more as the possibilities and potentialities are endless. Join me on educating you about your possible pathways in College Basketball in the USA.