The Selkirk Ballarat Rush are thrilled to announce the signing of Alicia Froling who will return to the team for NBL1 South 2021.

Froling had previously signed with the Selkirk Ballarat Rush ahead of the 2020 NBL1 South Season before the season was ultimately canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In a year like no other Froling has continued to work closely with Basketball Ballarat throughout the lockdown periods providing support for the junior and community programs virtually from her hometown in Townsville.

Froling will provide significant experience having represented Australia at both Under-17 and Under-19 level as well as in 2019 at the World University Games winning a Gold Medal.

Froling was excited to return to the Ballarat Sports Events Centre under Eric Hayes and Megan Collins.

“I loved the short time I spent at the program this past season and am excited to get on the court and play for Ballarat. Both Eric and Megan are great coaches and better people so I can’t wait to finally get to play for them.” Froling said.

Although Froling only spent a short period of time in Ballarat earlier this year she was looking forward to coming back and spending more time in the community.

“Being involved in the community is something that I love doing and I am excited to get to know the people of Ballarat. I am especially looking forward to working with kids and passing on my love and knowledge of the game.” Froling ended with.

Froling has played for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas from 2014 to 2019 before returning to Australia and signing with the Bendigo Spirit in the 2019/20 WNBL Season. Unfortunately due to injury Froling was unable to play throughout the season however she will return this summer for Bendigo Spirit leading into her first season in the NBL1 South and Ballarat.

Elite Teams Committee Member Lynly Doherty was looking forward to having Froling return for the 2021 Season.

“The 2020 Selkirk Ballarat Rush team was one of the most exciting groups the coaches had put together in a while but unfortunately given the cancellation of the season, we didn’t get to see them take to the court. Our priority has been to reach out to those players and we are thrilled Alicia has again committed to pulling on the Rush jersey.” Doherty said.

Froling had commenced her pre-season in Ballarat earlier this year but with the cancellation of the season headed back home to Townsville during the lockdown periods.

“Alicia brings experience, maturity and leadership to the team and while her time here was cut short at the start of the year, she embraced the Ballarat Basketball community.” Doherty ended with.

Froling is the first player announced as part of the Selkirk Ballarat Rush ahead of the 2021 NBL1 South Season.