Welcome to our series of Big V Player Profiles! This week we feature Werribee CW superstar, Sarah Elsworthy.
Growing up in a town of approximately 4,500 in regional South Australia, Sarah Elsworthy did not have too many options of what to do with her spare time.
“I first started playing [basketball] when I was seven years old,” Elsworthy told Big V media. “In my country town playing basketball was a common thing to do during the summer.”
“I love the competitiveness of any sport and found particular love for basketball. It is a team sport so I enjoy working with others with the same goal.”
Elsworthy grew up in Kadina, an old mining town around 150 kilometres north of Adelaide. Since first picking up a basketball aged seven, Elsworthy’s career has been on a steady incline ever since. She began playing in the local leagues but quickly outgrew them, instead opting for a two-hour trip just to play representative basketball for the North Adelaide Rockets.
From there she went on to play senior basketball in South Australia’s Premier League, the Queensland Basketball League, and then earned a spot in the WNBL as a training player with the Adelaide Lightning in 2015.
“One of my greatest memories has been winning my first WNBL game with the Adelaide Lightning.”
Elsworthy has made a big impact in her short time with Lightning, winning the club’s Most Improved Player, Best Defensive Player and Best Club Ambassador nods in 2018.
She credits her quick rise through the ranks to the veterans she has played with in Adelaide.
“I have learnt many things from some incredible athletes I have played with during my time with the Adelaide Lightning. In particular, Nicole Seekamp and Laura Hodges have been great mentors for me on and off the court.”
Elsworthy has channelled her inner Seekamp this year with the Werribee Devils, averaging 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals per game and doing a little bit of everything. Her stellar stat lines this season have also earned her a new contract with the Lightning for the 2019/20 WNBL season.
“After the Big V season, my biggest focus is working on my game and playing my role with the Adelaide Lightning in the upcoming WNBL season.”
Off the court, she is studying Occupational Therapy, whilst also working for Basketball South Australia, but wants to remain on the court for as long as possible.
“I want to reach the highest level I can in my basketball.”