Rachael Sporn

Sport | Basketball, Media, Motivational

It was over an incredibly fulfilling 19 years that Rachael Sporn played basketball at the elite level. Playing for and captaining “Adelaide Quit Lightning” to four Premierships in the WNBL was a definite highlight and playing for “Detroit Shock” in the WNBA for three seasons was also a dream achieved.

But the most special memories are reserved for her years playing for “The Opals”, the Australian Women’s Basketball Team. Playing 304 games for her country, Rachael is a triple Olympian, winning bronze in Atlanta in 1996, Silver in Sydney in 2000 and Silver in Athens in 2004.

To Rachael’s delight her fourth Olympic campaign came in the role as a commentator, covering the Women’s Basketball for Channel 7 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


As a member of the Australian Women’s Basketball Team – The Opals:

  • Games played for Australia – 304.
  • Silver Medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
  • Silver Medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
  • Bronze Medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
  • Opals World Championship teams in 1990, 1994 and 1998.
  • Captain of the Opals 2001-2002, Vice-captain of the Opals 1999-2000.
  • Inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

In the Women’s National Basketball League, the WNBL:

  • Games played – 377.
  • WNBL Championships in 1990, 94, 95, 96 and 98.
  • Captain of Adelaide Quit Lightning 1994-2004.
  • Dual Winner of the Women’s National Basketball League Most Valuable Player.
  • In 1999 became the all time leading scorer and rebounder in the WNBL.
  • Member of the 25th Anniversary Team.

International Highlights:

  • Drafted to Detroit Shock in the WNBA for the 1998, 1999 & 2001 seasons.
  • Women’s basketball commentator for Channel 7 at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Life Achievements:

  • Ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Program.
  • Adelaide Crows Ambassador.
  • Olympic Education Ambassador.
  • Drinkwise Ambassador.
  • Centenary Medal for Services to the Community.
  • Australian Sports Medal for Services to Sport.


“Rachael Sporn was terrific last night; so natural and a great combination of humour, passion and motivation.”
Sophie Mibus - Manager of Marketing and Development, Annesley College

“Rachael Sporn presented an excellent speech relating her background in country Victoria through to her achievements in international women’s basketball and 3 Olympic medals. She provided a recognisable link to leadership for younger people, and brought credibility through her exemplary record as an Australian sports person. She expanded upon 7 themes of performance taught by her Olympic Coach, which could be applied universally to leadership endeavour throughout life. On a personal level, Rachael is a quality champion who is most amiable and exudes the values that all Australians admire.”
Geoffrey Carruthers - Convenor, Champions of the Bush

“Rachael was warmly welcomed by 170 netball & football players, spectators & officials. Her natural story telling ability deemed to be a winner with the crowd. Her sense of humour and funny anecdotes were what kept the crowd enthralled through out her speech. She spoke about her upbringing in a small country town, and enjoyment for that lifestyle, something we all could relate to. Rachael won over the entire crowd, a night I'm sure many will remember.”
Karinne Woollatt - Corporate Services PA, District Council of Ceduna

“Rachael was very well received at our conference. I personally thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and found her to be very inspiring. The fact that she bought her Olympic medals along with her and allowed us all to touch them, I felt very honoured by.”
Sharan Towns - Mortgage Choice Limited

“Conference delegates consistently rated Rachael as the most popular speaker, coupled with comments such as 'inspirational', 'very enjoyable ­ great speaker' and 'motivational'. Rachael's natural confidence instantly won over the entire room, as she shared the story of her career, and all the ups and downs it has brought about, over the years. Genuine warmth, great sense of humour and inspirational story, makes Rachael an ideal speaker for any engagement ­ corporate or otherwise!”
Sarah Kelly - Australian Hotels Association