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It's official. Phillips heads out


ENJOYING an inordinate amount of success in her role as Head of the WNBL, Sally Phillips has announced her decision to step away from the high-pressure position.

Today is her final day in the job at Basketball Australia, a role she has thrived in since her appointment in August, 2016.

General manager of WNBL and Competitions, Paul Maley (pictured below with Phillips), today saluted and praised the work of his colleague who significantly has helped change the face of Australian women’s basketball.

“Sally has overseen a period of growth and progress for the WNBL with many significant advancements in the areas of governance, visibility and sponsorship,” Maley told BA staff today.

“After a period of low exposure for the League, Sally played a key role in bringing about the broadcast partnership with FOX SPORTS Australia, a deal that subsequently led to the League’s return to free-to-air television with SBS Australia.

“She was also instrumental in securing the WNBL naming rights partnership with Chemist Warehouse.

“Sally brought a genuine passion for the advancement of women in sport to her role as Head of WNBL and, as a past WNBL player, her desire to see our female elite players receive the reward and recognition they deserve was a constant focus.”

Phillips, who played 193 WNBL games at Dandenong Rangers (pictured) and Adelaide Lightning, implemented the historic first Minimum Player Payment for the WNBL, and also introduced a Pregnancy and Parental Care Policy for WNBL athletes.

Earlier this year, Phillips was selected as one of 16 Australian women to participate in Sport Australia’s AIS Talent Program for Executives.

Identified as someone passionate about driving change, Phillips will continue in the intensive professional development program throughout 2019.

“We are deeply appreciative of Sally’s efforts over the past three Chemist Warehouse WNBL seasons and wish her well in her future endeavours,” Maley said.

Phillips, who previously resigned but stayed in the role, finishes at close of business today, leaving the WNBL in substantially better shape than when she first was appointed.

Apr 18

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