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Kathryn Joy Foster (nee Davey)



Kathryn Joy Foster (nee Davey) (Member 1993)

b. 7 May 1960

Kathy has been one of Australia's most consistent and successful players, representing Tasmania 1977 - 1981, the Australian Squad 1977 - 78, the Australian team from 1981 - 1988 and being elected as vice captain of the national team from 1983 - 88.

In order to maintain her own high standards Kathy often had to play in the local men's competition to hone her skills. A move to Adelaide for one year to improve her great talents saw her win the South Australian League best player award and best defensive player.

From her first game for Australia in China in 1981 Kathy was in the starting five and maintained that status until she temporarily retired from international competition in mid 1987 to start a family.

Some of the highlights of her international career include playing in the World Championships in both Brazil and Russia where she was Australia's highest point scorer: competing at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and winning gold with the Australian team in New Zealand at the 1983 Commonwealth Championships.

In 1989 Kathy led the NZI TIS Islanders into their first Women's National Basketball League grand final being named the WNBL Most Valuable Player for the year. In her last year, 1990, she led the Islanders into the grand final to top an outstanding record of achievements.

Kathy was named in the 'All Star Five' for the 5th time, in 1990. Kathy Foster is a name synonymous with Tasmanian basketball. She was an outstanding player for her State and Country and deserved all the plaudits she received because of her ability, role modelling and outstanding sportsmanship. Kathy Foster is an outstanding Tasmanian basketballer.