#WomenWillWin Features – Bec Lewis
Basketball Queensland’s #WomenWillWin campaign is designed to empower women by highlighting the achievements of distinguished sportswomen and reminding audiences that basketball is ‘everyone’s game’.
To continue our series, our next athlete under the microscope is the impressive Rebecca ‘Bec’ Lewis, who has been playing basketball since a young child. She has had an impressive career and still remains heavily involved in the sport.
Basketball’s Positive Influence on Bec
The sport has had a positive influence on Bec, creating lasting connections and a constant safe haven. “My best friends today are people that I played with when I was twelve years old,” she reflected. “In my late teens and early twenties — my club was like my second home. Whenever life was hard or I had choices to make, I was surrounded by good people from diverse backgrounds that cared about me.”
The experience has carried her throughout her life, keeping Bec connected to the sport. Over the past 26years, Bec has been part of many teams, has helped collect ten Australian Basketball Association/Queensland Basketball League championships, and has been Southern District’s Head Coach for various teams since 2016.
“It’s A Full-Time Job”
“Being a professional athlete is a full-time job. Having to balance that with other employment, study, family, and social life was a tough adjustment.” Despite the time she needed to devote to the sport, Bec doesn’t regret a moment of it. “The exposure to elite coaching, professional culture, and access to information and facilities around health/wellbeing for sporting development was fantastic.”
Her passion for the game has only strengthened her future ambitions. “In the short term, I am chasing a three-peat QBL championship. I hope to make a difference in my recently new role of Coaching Director and I have a plan to create innovative pathways for all members of the sport. I would love to see a WNBL franchise in Brisbane’s future, and I would love to be a part of it.”
Bec signed off with a general ‘thank you’ to the sport that has shaped her existence. “I am so grateful that basketball has remained a constant positive in my life.”
Basketball Queensland’s desire to spread the #WomenWillWin word can be helped by you. If you know a woman that you believe should be highlighted by the campaign, contact us to help empower others.
Rebecca Lewis — Basketball Career
- 1992-1996 — QLD Junior State Teams/National Squad
- 1993-2007 — ABA/QBL Championships with SDBA (x10)
- 1994 — Brisbane Blazers WNBL
- 1997-1998 — Villanova University NCAA
- 1999 — ABA National Championship
- 2001-2002 — Dandenong Rangers WNBL
- 2016 — SDBA Head Coach SEABL Women – 5th
- 2017 — SDBA Head Coach QBL Women – undefeated champions
- 2018 — SDBA Head Coach QBL Women – champions
- 2018 — QLD U20 Women Assistant Coach – silver medal
- 2019 — QLD U20 Men Assistant Coach
- 2019 — SDBA Head Coach QBL Women
- Current — SDBA Coaching Director
Creating a Good Mood
- By winning
Go-to Practise Song
- Eye of the Tiger