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Belinda Snell

Bendigo Spirit DOB: 10 Jan 1981 Height: 180 cm Position: Guard Number: 12

Hometown: Mirboo North, VIC

Junior Association: Mirboo, Kilsyth and Knox (VIC)

Current Club: Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)

International Debut:  2001

Biography

Since bursting onto the scene alongside Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor and Suzy Batkovic as part of the historic AIS 1999 WNBL Championship team, Snell has been starring on the elite level in both club land and on the international stage.

After graduating from the AIS, Snell moved to Sydney where she emerged as one of the stars of the WNBL and claimed a second title at just age 20. From here the Jayco Australian Opals came calling, with Snell earning a spot in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games squad, helping the team with a silver medal.

This big stage experience drew interest from the WNBA, with Snell joining Penny Taylor and the Phoenix Mercury where they would combine to win the 2007 WNBA Championship.

This led to further success on the international stage, with Snell winning silver at the 2008 Olympic Games, beginning her foray into European basketball.

It was here where Snell’s elite level shooting came to the fore, winning titles in France and Spain to go with her WNBL and WNBA championships. However it was in 2011 when the Victorian added one of the most coveted titles to her resume – the 2011 Euroleague title.

With a third Olympic Games in her sites, Snell returned to the WNBL and the Sydney Uni Flames, where she added a fourth WNBL All-Star Five honour en-route to a bronze medal in London.

Post-Olympics a move to Polish giant CCC Polkowice ensued, with Snell winning a Polish league title in 2013 before returning to help the Opals secure the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Snell will return to the WNBL after the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, signing with two-time defending champions – the Bendigo Spirit.

Snell's leadership, both on and off the court, helped lead the Opals to victory in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. The victory secured the team a place in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro before Snell returned to the national team at the 2017 FIBA Women's Asia Cup where they won the silver medal.

Previous Clubs:

1998-2000 – AIS (WNBL)
2000-2006 – Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
2005-2007 – Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
2007-2008 – Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
2008-2009 – Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
2009-2010 – San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA)
2009-2010 – Ros Casares Valencia (Spain)
2010-2011 – Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (Spain)
2011 – Seattle Storm (WNBA)
2011-2012 – Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
2012-2014 – CCC Polkowice (Poland)
2014-Current - Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

Major Awards:

Olympic Games: 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze)
FIBA World Championship: 2006 (Gold), 2010, 2014 (Bronze)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2013, 2015
FIBA Women's Asia Cup: 2017 (silver)
Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold)
WNBL Champion: 1999, 2001
WNBL All-Star Five: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2012
WNBA Champion: 2007
Euroleague Champion: 2011
Polish PLKK Champion: 2013
French League Champion: 2008
Spanish League Champion: 2010, 2011

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