Coffee count today? 3 for me, how about you? I wonder what Sara Blicavs’ is given she is currently in India. What even is their coffee situation (excuse my ignorance!)? Excellent, poor, non existent?!
Sara Blicavs is this week’s #womeninsport’s featured athlete. She popped up on the blog earlier this year for her work with The Unite Project, a project working to help homeless youth, here. And immediate family aside, her face is probably the most seen face in my instagram feed due to our near weekly snaps over the 2016/17 WNBL season 😉 A teammate of Amelia Todhunter, our first #womeninsport athlete, Sara Blicavs is 6ft 2in of seemingly boundless energy, enthusiasm and amazing athleticism. The daughter of two professional basketballers, Sara is blazing a path all the way to the top of Australia’s basketball scene. And I’m so excited she is part of this series.
As mentioned up top, Sara is in India at the moment. Why? She, along with her brand new sis-in-law Steph, were selected to represent Australia, playing for the Opals in the Asian World Cup Qualifier. They’ve drawn Pool B and will face Japan, Korea and The Philippines and need to make the semi’s to qualify for the world cup next year. Sara or I will share links to the games on my facebook page so you can watch or just catch up on results as they progress through the tournament. But here is a link to the official website so you can see all about the team, their opponents, the draw etc etc.
I’ve found this post, of all the #womeninsport posts the most difficult to write for some reason. It is so hard to condense all that is Sara Blicavs and her enthusiasm for everything into a blog post. We only met her last year when we started following the Rangers, and she has been so kind to the kids each and every single time she sees them. Win or lose she has the biggest smile and hug for them (albeit a sweaty hug!) and always poses for a photo with them which they just love.
Last pic with this superstar @sarablicavs for @thewnbl 2016/17 season. This team has turned us into complete & utter Women’s basketball fans! They’re the best group of girls and we can’t wait for the 2017/18 season…I feel heartbroken for them all for their loss in the Grand Final but wow, you impressed us throughout the season & showed our baby ballers just how to play good ‘ball and be great people. Congratulations to all the @jaycorangers players & coaching staff, we’ve loved being Rangers fans & supporting women in sport. You’re all awesome xxx #dandenongrangers #jaycorangers #basketball #womeninsport #ISWIS #ISupportWomenInSport
The other week Alex got fouled off during his basketball tournament game and was devastated and Sara sent him words of encouragement. Cos that’s the kind of girl she is. Ella has either her or Amelia as her iPad screensavers and I love this. I love she looks to them as her heroes, her idols as they are such gorgeous people. She may never reach the heights they have sports wise, but I hope she aspires to their work ethic, their kindness, generosity and humility. These #womeninsport are the women I want my girls to idolise above women who are famous for being famous. They’ve worked hard, they’ve hit massive heights yet they’re still down to earth.
I’ll hand over to her now to answer my questions…
Sara Kirsti Blicavs, Sunbury, Victorian born and raised. Now currently changing between Geelong and South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.
Is anyone else suddenly singing Prince Of Bel Air…”In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days” or just me?!
2. What is your chosen sport? Who do you play for?
3. What is your ‘normal’ week like? Training, playing/competing?
4. Do you have a job outside of your sport? And why?
6. Do you have sponsors you would like to give a shoutout to?
Thanks to @festool_australia for letting me play around in their work shop and helping me create probably the best #choppingboard #servingplatter #cheeseplatter #meattray #breadboard 🍴🥖🧀 only made with the best Blackbutt timber. I had a blast and didn’t chop a finger off. Their tools are literally the best in the business.
Also The Unite Project for whom I am an ambassador and with whom I hosted a Rangers Unite Night raising money to fight youth homelessness.
7. What does life outside of your sport involve? Hobbies, passions etc?
8. Tea or coffee? *this is super important!
COFFEE AND TEA, as much as I rave on about coffee, I will still drink tea everyday.
9. Where can we see you play/compete next?
Geelong Supercats during winter, Dandenong Rangers over Summer. Street ball on my instagram account (watch me cross my brothers left, right and center haha)
Her brothers Mark and Kris are somewhat athletic too 😉 Mark playing footy for Geelong Cats and Kris playing basketball for Geelong Supercats. Kris recently wed Sara’s Rangers & Opals teammate Stephanie Cumming so the entire family are just amazingly athletic!
10. What does the rest of 2017 look like for you?
Other than that, finishing off the Geelong Supercats season with, hopefully, a Championship under our belts. Then off to sweat it out in the heat during summer for Dandenong. *where both she and I expect to see every single one of you supporting!
11. if you have social media links for your club or your self so people can follow please include them here
@SaraBlicavs – twitter