A household name on the global women’s basketball scene, our very own Elizabeth Cambage, commonly referred to as Liz Cambage, is one to watch at Tokyo 2020. Born in London, she moved to Australia at a young age and grew up through Eden. in New South Wales, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
Her career has taken her across the globe, but she has represented Australia on numerous occasions at the games, making Tokyo 2020 her third chance for gold with the Opals. She won a bronze medal in London 2012 and missed out at Rio 2016.
Cambage started her professional career at home, playing in our WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League) from 2007 to 2012, first for the Dandenong Rangers, then for the Australian Institute of Sport team, and finally for the Bullen Boomers.
Cambage was the second pick in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) first round draft in the United States in 2011. The only Australian chosen in the first round, she was selected by Tulsa Shock although she subsequently voiced his disinterest in the team. . Either way, she performed well enough in the WNBA season to make it to the All-Star Game, before making history with her slam dunk moment in London 2012 with the Opals.
In June 2012, she signed a contract to play professionally in China, allegedly for the exorbitant amount of $ 400,000 (AUD). This deal makes her one of the highest paid basketball players in the world. Her zigzags around the world continued when she joined the WNBA in the United States in 2018, signing a multi-year deal with the Dallas Wings in Texas.
Cambage shone on his return to the American League, racking up points to lead the entire league at the end of the season, after two records. His 53-point game against New York Liberty remains a WNBA record for most points in a single game, and the 35-point follow-up in his next game against the Washington Mystics has earned him the record for most points in a single game. points in two games in WNBA history.
She was voted for the All-Star Game again that year and in 2019, though she moved to the Las Vegas Aces in 2019 after asking for a trade with the Dallas Wings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Cambage 2020, but it is on track to compete as a true contender at Tokyo 2020 even after recently threatening to boycott the event. After a career of speaking her mind, including calling Connecticut coach Sun Curt Miller for making an unnecessary and shameful comment about his weight in a WNBA game in May 2021, Cambage took aim at the committee. Australian Olympic for its lack of racial diversity and representation in published photos and promotional photo shoots.
Cambage expressed his frustration and described his criticism of the AOC in an Instagram post addressing a photo of the launch of the AOC team uniform that included only one Indigenous athlete, the rugby player Maurice Longbottom.
Cambage said, “If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, how am I supposed to represent a country that doesn’t even represent me. Australia wake it up [expletive] up. I don’t play these games anymore [sic], I’m not. It’s sad, bleaching is sad. Your black athletes take you everywhere. Aboriginal athletes are some of the best athletes we have. And you don’t use them at all.
Born during the Lions season, Cambage was destined to lead the field at Tokyo 2020. Tune in to your home of the Olympics, Seven and 7plus, to see if this lioness wins gold.
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Born: London, England.
Tokyo 2020 is the Cambage basketball powerhouse’s third Olympic Games. She dunked on her Olympic debut in London 2012 and is known to be the first woman to dunk at the Olympics.
She won bronze in London and came back for more with the Opals at Rio 2016. A medal was out of reach for her second time, although she personally reached the top with the most points scored and points. average for the whole women’s tournament.
Medals: Cambage claims a London 2012 bronze medal.
Recordings: With a superb performance of 53 points in 2018, Cambage currently holds the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association in the United States) goals-in-a-game record. Sports team: Cambage will represent Australia with the Opals in Tokyo, but will play for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) in the United States.
Battle Chance: At 6-foot-8, Cambage is a force on the ground. One of the greatest WNBA players of all time, her height of over 2 meters, total weight of 98 kg and her dunking talent make her one to watch.
The Australian Opals head coach for Tokyo 2020 is Sandy Brondello. Brondello has represented Australia at four Olympics, winning two silver medals and one bronze during his tenure. Inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, she currently coaches Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.
Cambage is said to have the highest salary WNBA players can earn, $ 221,450 (approximately AUD 291,750). WNBA players earn significantly less than their NBA counterparts, but Cambage is currently earning at the top of his game and signing sponsorship deals with top brands.
She is the first professional athlete to endorse Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line, and in May 2021, she became an ambassador for Adidas’ inclusive sportswear brand, Formotion.
The biggest fans
Cambage has crowds of fans and critics alike as she achieved status as an international women’s basketball icon while continually saying what she thought and maintaining a strong self-esteem throughout her career.
She is currently said to be single, although in the past she has shared a high profile relationship with Australian Football League player Alex Lee.