Sarah Graham

Class of 2006
Professional Basketball Player

From her beginnings as a John Paul College preschooler to her successes in winning a Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Championship, Sarah credits the burgundy and blue for the professional successes in her career to date.

Sarah’s JPC journey started in 1994 as a young preschooler and ended in 2007 as a successful Horizons Program graduate. Being a part of the Horizons program meant that Sarah completed her Year Twelve schooling over two years. The Horizons program allowed Sarah to do the necessary professional basketball training she needed, alongside her school work, to gain an OP. ‘Balancing the two from a young age put me in good stead for later life, having to balance university and work, as well as a full-time basketball schedule’ Sarah says.

With a natural ability in anything athletic, sports days and school camps were always a highlight for Sarah. PE was her favourite subject and she most looked forward to playing either AFL or rugby against the other kids in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC). Knowing this, it was no surprise she captained Doulin House in her first year of Year Twelve.

Fresh off the heels of her graduation, Sarah won 2009 Rookie of the Year in the WNBL after signing with the Logan Thunder. This award shocked Sarah as her dreams of becoming a professional athlete were very quickly becoming a reality. Some of her other achievements include representing Australia in the green and gold at junior tournaments around the world and playing professionally in the WNBL for over a decade.

As a deadly shooter from the three-point range, Sarah was part of the winning Brydens Sydney Uni Flames squad who won the 2016–17 WNBL Championship. It was a tremendous and momentous win that Sarah had dreamed about for a long time. Sarah continues to play with the squad and has signed again for the 2018–19 season.

Her passion for basketball goes beyond the court to coaching and mentoring upcoming talent in basketball. She has been an assistant coach for the U25 Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team who recently won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships. Sarah is also working part-time for the New South Wales Institute of Sport, as Head Coach of their Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Program.

Inspired by the leaders and teachers she had at JPC, Sarah hopes to continue to coach and play basketball for as long as she can. She has also found a passion for developing junior talent, to ensure every child has the opportunity that she did growing up.

In five years, she hopes to make the move back to either Brisbane or Kingscliff and become a PE teacher.

For more information visit;

– www.johnpaulcollege.com.au

– www.facebook.com/JohnPaulCollegeQld

– https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnPaulCollegeQLD

– www.jpic.qld.edu.au

– http://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/about-the-childrens-hospital-at-westmead