Women in Basketball: Finding the Balance Event

Basketball Victoria invites everyone to our 2020 ‘Women in Basketball: Finding the Balance’ event on Wednesday 11 November. 

Not even a global pandemic can stop our sporting community from coming together to celebrate all of the wonderful women who make it possible.

Our FREE event will highlight how women thrive in basketball while playing multiple roles in their families, in their professions and in their lives as a whole. While there are challenges that limit our time – both in and out of the game – our guest speakers will show you how finding the balance is possible for everyone.


Attendees will hear from thought-provoking speakers who will share their personal experiences from within the sporting industry. The event will be held in a Q&A fashion, directed by our brilliant Master of Ceremonies Candy Hertz. 

There will be a number of elite sportswomen, business women and coaches speaking at the Finding The Balance Event, including Marketing Director for Spalding, Sherrin and Russell Athletic Brands Naomi Maclean, Basketball Victoria High Performance Head Coach and former Australian Opal Jenni Screen, WNBL Bendigo Spirit development player Georgia Pineau, and Horsham Basketball Board Member Beck McIntyre.

Following our Q&A, two of Basketball Victoria’s High Performance Head Coaches, Zoe Carr and Jenni Screen, will speak on our investment into female high performance sporting development and opportunities in basketball.




Candy is a popular and versatile Australian Lifestyle, Sports and Radio Presenter, Event MC and Content Creator based in Melbourne.

Since 2009, Candy has worked with major sporting brands locally and globally including the AFL, NBL, Swisse F1 Australian GP, USA’s PrimeTime Basketball and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also covered the 2019/2020 NBL season on ESPN and SBS Viceland as a sideline commentator for the NBL Broadcast Team.



NAOMI MACLEAN – Marketing Director for Spalding, Sherrin and Russell Athletic Brands

Naomi is a professional, dynamic and strategic Sports Marketer driven by her passion for sport. She has worked within small and large sports businesses across retail brands, national sports organisations and marketing agencies. The current Marketing Director for Spalding, Sherrin and Russell Athletic Brands, she uses her voice for innovation.

A member of Deakin University’s Sport Management Advisory Board and lecturer, Naomi is extremely passionate about supporting Women in sport. For a bit of fun and a passion project, she also teaches Pilates – Matwork, Reformer and Barre.

JENNI SCREEN – High Performance Head Coach Metro Women and former Australian Opal

Jenni joined Basketball Victoria with a wealth of experience in basketball. She represented the Australian Opals in 122 games. This included two Olympic Games, winning silver in Beijing and bronze in London, as well as the Opals’ incredible 2006 World Championship triumph in Brazil.

She holds a Masters Sports Science – Strength and Conditioning as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and has remained active as a player’s advocate, as part of the IOC’s 2017 and 2019 Athlete Forums and FIBA Players Commissioner from 2014 to present.

An athlete, coach, mentor and legend within the Australian basketball community, Jenni will share her incredible playing career and what it takes to reach the heights of our sport.

She is currently Basketball Victoria’s High Performance Head Coach for Metropolitan Women, helping to hone and sharpen the next generation of elite basketball athletes within Victoria.

ZOE CARR – High Performance Head Coach Country Women

Zoe Carr has found success as both a player and a coach within the Australian basketball community as she’s shone from the get-go in Victorian basketball. As a junior player, she was a perennial presence in our state teams as a five-time gold medallist at the Australian Junior Championships. Her elite skills took her to Canberra after she earned an AIS scholarship before commencing her step into professional basketball within the WNBL. Following her senior career as a player, Zoe switched her attention to coaching and flourished in a number of roles including Victoria Under-20 Women’s head Coach – winning multiple gold medals at Australian Junior Championships – as well as being the inaugural NBL1 Women’s Head Coach at the Knox Raiders.

She is currently Basketball Victoria’s High Performance Head Coach for Country Women, helping to hone and sharpen the next generation of elite basketball athletes within Victoria.

GEORGIA PINEAU – High Performance Athlete and Bendigo Spirit Development Player

Georgia Pineau is a High Performance Athlete who has progressed from the Basketball Victoria Pathway.

Starting out as a Melbourne Tigers junior, Pineau represented Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria in six straight Australian Junior Championships, winning an impressive five gold medals. She also represented Australia at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships, where she was coached by Bendigo Spirit coach Tracy York. After four years in studying and playing basketball at Boston College in the US, Georgia recently signed with the Bendigo Spirit as a development player and is set to start her WNBL career this summer in the Queensland bubble.

BECK MCINTYRE – Wimmera Regional Sport Assembly Project Coordinator and Horsham Basketball Board Member

Beck has been part of country basketball throughout her life at all levels of the sport. She is a former Victorian representative having won gold at the Australian Junior Championships.

She’s a familiar face at Country events as a coach and mentor – serving as a coach in both our Victoria Country state team program as well as Victoria Country development teams – and currently sits on the board of Horsham Amateur Basketball Association. She currently is a is staff member at the Wimmera Sports Assembly and was an inaugural member of Basketball Victoria’s ‘Courage and Confidence to Lead: Building Basketball’s Future Program’.

Beck won Basketball Victoria’s Country ‘Bob Osborne’ Award for her contribution to diversity and inclusion in 2018 and she also is a current Commissioner on the Basketball Victoria Country Commission, helping to guide and cultivate the future direction of Victorian country basketball.


For further information about the 2020 Women in Basketball event, contact Merryn Sholer on merryn.sholer@basketballvictoria.com.au.


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