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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • Draw - 2012 International Series v Russia (Varese, Italy)
  • 2nd - 2012 Karlovy Vary Tournament (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic)
  • 2nd (Bulleen) - 2011/12 WNBL (Australia)
  • 5th - 2010 World Championships (Ostrava/Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic)

Career Highlights

  • 2010 World Championships in Czech Republic
  • Winning gold at the 2007 World University Games

Interesting Facts

  • Beginning the game at the age of 8, 29-year-old Samantha Richards has spent the past 20 years working towards realising her Olympic dream, a feat that the diminutive 5'6 point guard will achieve when she steps out onto the court in London.
  • Richards began her career in the WNBL for the Dandenong Rangers in 1998 before receiving a scholarship for the Australian Institute of Sport where she played for one season. She returned to the Rangers and won WNBL Championships in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. She went on to compete at the 2004 and 2005 FIBA World Leagues against the best club teams in the world.
  • Richards competed at the 2007 World University Games where the Australian took home the gold medal. She made her Opals debut in the same year, playing in the team that won the 2007 Oceania Championship.
  • She made the move to Poland in 2008 to play for AWS PWSZ Gorzow and was named in the All-Star five as one of the league's best the following year. Her strong overseas form helped her gain selection for her first World Championships in 2010, where after a shock loss to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals the Opals finished 5th.
  • Richards played the 2011-12 season for the Bulleen Boomers where she averaged over 15 points and 4 assists a game to make the WNBL All-Star five. Her domestic form transferred onto the international scene where she was a part of the Opals team that headed to Europe.

Sport

Years on national team

8

Coach

Carrie Graf (2009 - current)
Jan Stirling (2004 - 2008)

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Club

Bulleen Boomers (VIC, Australia)

Education

Primary

Knox Park Primary School (VIC, Australia)

Secondary

Vermont Secondary College (VIC, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Engineering, Deakin University (2011-)


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