#WomenWillWin Features – Naomi Moke
Basketball Queensland is hosting a new campaign designed to empower female players, titled #WomenWillWin. Each week, another distinguished woman is interviewed to encourage other players and remind the world that basketball is ‘everyone’s game’.
The next to be considered in our long line of incredible women is Naomi Moke, formerly Pedro, a 33-year-old coach from Northern Queensland with a solid history alongside the Cairns Dolphins.
Naomi’s Life Lessons from Playing Basketball
Naomi has been playing basketball for over twenty years and considers it to be part of what shaped her into the woman she is today. “Moving out at the age of nineteen was a major positive impact on my personal and sporting development,” she explained. “Leaving my home and culture was a massive change and adapting to professional training — both on and off the court — was a challenge. Achieving this helped me grow as a person and I learned life lessons that I can now pass on to my children.”
Such lessons are her major takeaway from every experience, and even in the negatives, Naomi rejoices in what the memories teach. “There’s some disappointment of not succeeding to my full potential, but what I learnt from it, I have been able to give to my children and young players. Hopefully, they’ll be able to get something from my ‘shoulda, coulda and woulda’.” Every reference to the future of the sport and her players had her smiling. “I think the next role for me would be as a mentor/leader/big sister to the Young Cairns Dolphins QBL team. I’d like to focus on changing the culture of the group and supporting the coaching staff by doing so. Ultimately, I’d like to become an elite coach.”
Basketball’s Influence to Naomi
“Basketball has been a major influence on my life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such an amazing sport; the outcomes have been significant, including lifelong friends and of course meeting my husband through basketball. Now it’s time for me to pass on my support to my children — just like my parents did for me! — and to give back to the community, to provide for those less fortunate.”
Naomi’s inspiring visions for the future and enduring determination to encourage everyone is sure to stoke the passions of any young woman currently exploring the sport.
#WomenWillWin is designed to highlight the achievements of incredible woman basketball players, and so empower other women. If you know somebody that deserves the chance to share her story, please do contact us and help us teach that basketball is everyone’s game.
Naomi Moke nee Pedro’s Basketball History
- QLD Schools Girls 12s – Open – School Sports Basketball
- 14s-18s – Cairns Junior Basketball
- 16-18s – Queensland North Girls
- 16s-18s – QAS/QLD North ITC Program
- 1999-2001 – Cairns Dolphins ABA
- 2002 – Kuiyam Pride ABA
- 2003-2004 – Cairns Dolphins ABA
- 2003/2004 – Townsville Fire WNBL
- 2007/2008 – Hume City Broncos
- 2007/2008 – Bulleen Boomers WNBL
- 2010/2011/2012; 2014 – Cairns Dolphins ABA
- 2017-Present – Cairns Dolphins ABA
- 2019 – Australian Indigenous Basketball Squad
One Thing That Always Puts Me In A Good Mood:
- “Ugly laughing with my sisters and my family.”
Go-To Practise Song:
- Money Man by K-Ci & JoJo