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Basketball’s in her blood

Friday, 3rd April, 2015

Jenny Powell has played basketball for 50 years in Broken Hill and is a true ambassador for local basketball. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Jenny Powell has played basketball for 50 years in Broken Hill and is a true ambassador for local basketball. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Jenny Powell has played local basketball for 50 years and has had a wonderful career throughout.

Powell started playing basketball at the age of 12 and played three seasons every year.

Now 61, Powell has played, coached and refereed the sport she has loved for all her life.

Her and husband Barry took up coaching around 1978 and between them coached five teams for about nine years.

After coaching, Powell started refereeing and became very good at it.

However, family commitments saw her aspirations to further her umpiring career quiet down and her focus switch to Broken Hill basketball. 

In 1994 and 1996, Powell was fortunate enough to represent Broken Hill in Alice Springs for the Masters Games.

In her first appearance at the event, her side came home with a bronze medal after playing against some tough competition throughout the event.

“It was quite an achievement for us,” she said.

More often a defensive style of player, Powell’s exceptional rebounding skill sees her around the boards and racking up the rebounds.

On occasion she has been known to drain a few shots herself but never from three-point range with her last triple being scored years ago.

In 2003, Powell received the city’s top basketball Award, the Bob Sanderson award, which she was proud to accept.

At the end of her 50th year, Powell will still intend to be a part of the executive side of the game but will retire from playing.

“I still enjoy playing, but I’m 62 this year so it’s about time to retire.”

In 1995/96, Jenny joined the executive committee and still currently sits as a member and will look toward being involved in the sport for many years to come.

“I can’t imagine my life without basketball.”

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