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2 – 9 July 2023
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Rohanee Cox

Sportsperson of the Year Award

Olympic champion Rohanee Cox is captain of the WNBL team the Townsville Fire.

Rohanee is a Nyulnyul girl who grew up in Broome, Western Australia.

She won a scholarship to the AIS where she where she excelled as one of Australia’s newest talents. Missing her family, Rohanee left the AIS after two years and returned home.

Inspired by the birth of her child Alyriah and watching Cathy Freeman win gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Rohanee decided to pursue her career in basketball once again.

The first Indigenous women to represent Australia at the Olympics at Basketball, Rohanee competed with the Australian Opals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Since Beijing, Rohanee has continued to represent her country. She has won a host of prestigious sporting awards, is an advocate for the “Go for 2&5″ fruit and veg campaign, and is an ambassador for Basketball Australia’s Indigenous talent identification.

As a mother, an Aboriginal woman and an elite sportsperson, Rohanee Cox is a true champion of Indigenous pride.