Canberra Capitals veteran Carly Wilson is to be awarded WNBL life membership. Photo: Graham Tidy
She's always been pretty in pink, and the newest life member of the WNBL wants to bring back her trademark socks to cap her stellar career.
Canberra Capitals veteran Carly Wilson will be honoured with a special presentation before Saturday's match with the Adelaide Lightning at the AIS Arena to signal her induction into the exclusive club.
Just one thing will be missing - her lucky pink socks.
They have been there through the majority of the 31-year-old's 286 WNBL games, three championships and the gold medal she won with the Australian Opals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
But a switch to WNBL-branded socks across the competition meant her favourite colour wasn't an option … for now, anyway.
''I've contacted the WNBL and said you need to hook me up with some pink socks, and they've said we'll get that done next season,'' Wilson laughed.
''It all started my first year at the AIS and a bunch of us decided we'd wear different colour socks. I ended up going to the Reject Shop and getting pink bed socks. I had a blinder and it just went from there.''
Pink socks or not, Wilson doesn't have any intentions of calling time on her playing days any time soon.
She is already eyeing off an 18th season next year and has the 300-game milestone within reach.
More important to the versatile forward/guard is helping the Capitals return to the top of the competition.
While making the play-offs this season appears a long shot for the 6-11 side, the imminent arrival of superstar Lauren Jackson for the 2014-15 campaign will put the Capitals back into title contention.
''Before I retire I want another championship,'' Wilson said.
''Any time you can get Lauren Jackson into your team you're going to jump at that opportunity with both hands, but there's more work we can do this year to get ourselves ready for that.
''We've got intentions of making finals this year.''
Wilson made her WNBL debut with the Dandenong Rangers as a 16-year-old in the 1998-99 season before taking up a scholarship with the AIS.
She returned to the Rangers in 2002, followed by a stint with the Perth Lynx, and has racked up 111 games with the Capitals since joining the club in 2009.
Capitals coach Carrie Graf said it is Wilson's versatility and willingness to do whatever the team needs which makes her a valuable player.
''Anyone that's coached her will say she's a great club person and team player,'' Graf said.
''She's the consummate professional in what she can do for the team, almost too selfless at times.
''She's got great basketball IQ, she's a great passer and is a hell of a defender.''