Bibby's swipe at inequality wins support
Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby in action. Photo: Rohan Thomson
FELLOW Women's National Basketball League players have thrown their support behind Canberra Capitals star Jess Bibby, backing to the hilt her claims Basketball Australia places a higher priority on the National Basketball League.
The outspoken Bibby took aim at the sport's governing body in Saturday's The Canberra Times, fed up with a perceived inequality in the promotion and funding of the men's and women's competitions.
In a no-holds-barred interview, the 33-year-old said Basketball Australia was complacent about the WNBL, declaring: ''They're not interested in getting this league to the best it possibly can be.''
Canberra teammate Brigitte Ardossi took to social media network Twitter to rally behind her skipper.
''I stand by her (as do the rest of us in the WNBL) 1000 per cent,'' she wrote.
West Coast Waves veteran Melissa Marsh also applauded Bibby's stance on Twitter, posting ''SPOTONJESS!!'' Marsh, the sister of star cricketers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, is well positioned to comment on the greater assistance enjoyed by male athletes.
Asked by fans for her opinion, injured Opals and Capitals star Lauren Jackson tweeted, ''I would say she has some valid points. BA is in the middle of restructuring, I am interested to see what they have in the works.''
The official accounts of WNBL rival Townsville Fire posted ''Don't agree with all, but some great points made re respect #WomenInSport.''
Despite being a long-time rival of the Capitals, the Bulleen Boomers tweeted ''Well done Ms Bibby we hear you.''
Basketball Australia declined to comment when contacted by the Sunday Canberra Times on Saturday.
A spokesman was not sure if Bibby had breached player code and conduct guidelines, or whether she will have a case to answer.
Basketball Australia's 2010-11 annual report reveals $3.447 million, or 31.4 per cent of total expenditure, was on the NBL. By comparison $787,000 or 7.2 per cent was on the WNBL.