One year after announcing her alignment to Bulleen Boomers, Kate Gaze has re-signed with the association for the 2021 Big V season in Championship Women.
The two-time WNBL Championship and current Townsville Fire player was signed up for Big V 2020, and indeed ready to go, before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Nonetheless, Gaze kept her relationship with Bulleen during lockdown periods, hosting online training support and mental health awareness sessions for younger athletes.
Craig Davidson, Boomers Senior Championship Program director, said Gaze’s work over the extended basketball break was an immense help to the club’s culture.
“COVID-19 threw all clubs across all competitions in 2020,” said Davidson.
“We’re proud of the work that’s been done behind the scenes to keep member engagement during lockdown and to come out the other end where we are now.
“Gaze was an integral part of our engagement program last year and, no doubt, will bring that same commitment and dedication to the floor in 2021 as she competes in every game,
“What we put on the floor as a team will be of a standard expected from a club with a long and proud history.”
Gaze and her name are no stranger to the basketball world. Her father, Mark Gaze, represented Australia at the 1982 FIBA World Championships and played 182 NBL games with the Frankston Bears and Melbourne Tigers, while her mum Michelle was a Championship player with the Sydney Flames.
Her grandfather Tony also coached the Opals and she is a second cousin to Andrew Gaze. It’s safe to say, basketball runs in Kate Gaze’s blood.
Boomers Championship Women’s head coach, Michael Brookens, expects Gaze to make a solid mark on the 2021 Big V competition and within the Bulleen Boomers community.
“It’s a relief and an advantage for me as a coach to have such a respected and talented player like Kate Gaze commit to the program,” said Brookens. “It opens up opportunities for recruitment as well as securing a foundational piece to build around.
“Kate brings a high IQ, tenacity and firepower from the perimeter and excels in both ends of the floor,
“She is a great character person which helps us easily establish a culture of success and, most importantly, she brings leadership and a toughness we will need to compete for a championship.”