Throwing Pots With Kelsey
Sometimes, itís hard to believe how far basketball has taken me in my life.
Like most WNBA players, I spend my offseason competing overseas. Right now, I am in Australia, playing my first year with the Bendigo Spirit of the WNBL.
Bendigo is a country town of about 70,000 people about two hours away from the coast. That has not deterred me or my roommates from living a beachy life style. One visit to the Bridge Water swimming hole and I was hooked! Now on days off, with beach chairs and floats in tow, we head 20 minutes out of town to enjoy sausage rolls and fun in the sun. Besides enjoying an amazing cappuccino or flat while on Bath Lane, my favorite activity, and a must do for anyone who visits Bendigo, is Bendigo Pottery. Established in 1858, it is Australiaís oldest working pottery. I love arts and crafts, and to experience history while throwing my own personal keepsake was the bee's knees! Traveling through Australia, I've been to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and a few country towns. With February right around the corner I'm stoked to head to Perth and Adelaide!
As I mentioned earlier, basketball has been and continues to be an amazing vehicle to show me the world. My journey began all the way back in my hometown of Eagle River, Alaska. From there, l moved to the middle of the country, playing college basketball at Nebraska. Eventually, I moved as far east as I thought I could go when I was drafted by the Connecticut Sun.
But to my surprise, I have continued to spin in this whirlwind that is professional womenís basketball. After my first WNBA season, I moved across the Atlantic to Europe, traveling that continent while playing for a team in Hungary. If that wasn't life-changing enough, the culture and history of Israel, where I played during the 2011-12 offseason, surpassed all expectations.
Now, with this latest twist on the axis of the globe, I am in Australia. I could not be happier! I'm excited for the adventures to continue as I learn to love the life I live and live the life I love.