Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Cambage is a basketballer who was awarded a Scholarship within the 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, she was paired with Athlete Member Sue Stanley OAM as her Mentor.
Liz was born in London, England, in 1991, and moved to Coffs Harbour, NSW, aged three months. She was more interested in art as a child and started basketball mainly as a means to socialise. When she reached 195cm as a 16-year-old, basketball scouts came calling, and she took up residence at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2007.
Liz has become one of Australia’s greatest female basketballers. She debuted in the WNBL for the Bulleen Boomers in 2009 and played for the Opals, Australia’s national women’s team, at the FIBA World Championships in 2010. A year later, she was drafted by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA.
During her time in the WNBL in Australia, Liz won a championship, was twice chosen in the All-Star 5 and was named MVP. While playing in the WNBA in the USA, she was named in the All-Star 5 three times, made the All-Rookie First Team, was the Peak Performer and Leading Scorer in 2018, as well as being chosen in the All-WNBA First Team that year.
Returning to the Opals, Liz won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and a silver medal at the FIBA World Championships, earning a place in the All-Star five at that tournament.
Liz also became the first woman to dunk at an Olympic Games, on the way to collecting a bronze medal in London in 2012 and set a new WNBA record when she scored 53 points in a single game in 2018.
Honours & Achievements
- 2009: FIBA U19 World Championship All-Star Five.
- 2009: FIBA Oceania Championship – gold medal.
- 2010: WNBL All-Star Five.
- 2011: WNBL All-Star Five.
- 2011: WNBL Champion.
- 2011: WNBL MVP.
- 2011: WNBA All-Rookie First Team.
- 2011: WNBA All-Star.
- 2011: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.
- 2012: Maher Medal (International Player of the Year).
- 2012: Olympic Games – bronze medal.
- 2013: WCBA All-Star.
- 2014: WCBA All-Star.
- 2018: FIBA World Championship – silver medal.
- 2018: FIBA World Championship All-Star Five.
- 2018: WNBA Peak Performer.
- 2018: WNBA Leading Scorer.
- 2018: All-WNBA First Team.
- 2018: WNBA All-star.
- 2018: WNBA MVP – second place.
- 2018: Commonwealth Games – gold medal.
- 2019: All-WNBA Second Team.
- 2019: WNBA All-Star.