Two-time WNBL Championship and current Townsville Fire player, Kate Gaze, will represent Bulleen Boomers Championship Women’s in the upcoming 2020 Big V season.
Gaze joins the Boomers on the back of a successful season with the Townsville Fire. Prior to this Gaze took part in the Waratah League playing for the Canberra Nationals.
One Bulleen member eager to work with Gaze is Sam Thornton, Boomers Championship Women’s head coach.
Thornton believes Gaze will provide invaluable experience to the Boomers Big V program, as well as assistance and passion around the club as a whole.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our club,” said Thornton. “Her basketball resume is remarkable with a stellar US college career at Saint Mary’s followed by WNBL and Waratah League signings.
“Not only will her experience and skill set complement our game style, I have no doubt she will be an excellent mentor for our team, and a role model to our junior Boomer teams.
“I can’t wait to work more with Kate in the upcoming Big V season and know that we can offer her a quality environment in preparation for her continuing WNBL role with Townsville.”
With a rich family sporting history, it’s no denying Gaze has basketball DNA flowing through her veins
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 coached the Opals and she is a second cousin to Andrew Gaze.
Boomers General Manager, Matthew Dunstan, said Gaze’s knowledge will be pivotal for upcoming players and her abilities dynamic for the team.
“It is great that we are able to bring in top level players like Kate that will have an impact on our emerging players,” Dunstan explained.
“As a veteran, Kate will make a significant contribution to the club on and off the court,
“One of the things that is important to Kate is the leading and mentoring of junior players and working and engaging in the community. Bulleen provides a wonderful opportunity for that to occur.”
Gaze is set to head to Melbourne straight off the current WNBL season for preseason training with Bulleen.
She said she is ready to enter the next chapter in her basketball career and learn from legends of the game.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the Bulleen Boomers family,” Gaze expressed. “This club is a huge part of Australian basketball history and it’s an honour to come on board.
“I’ve heard great things about Sam, she’s played at the highest level and has been involved with basketball for a long time so I’m excited to learn from her and improve my game.
“Hopefully I can help Sam and the rest of the team achieve success in the coming season too! Go Boomers!”