Marianna Tolo has been backed to overcome minor foot surgery and take her place in the Opals squad at the FIBA Asia Cup next month.
Tolo is the lone Canberra Capitals player in the squad but will feature alongside WNBA her outgoing championship teammate Leilani Mitchell in India come tip-off on September 24.
The Asia Cup will present the Opals with a chance to begin preparations for their Olympic Games campaign, with two qualifying windows wedged throughout the WNBL season.
Australia is brimming with talent heading into the eight-nation tournament with Capitals coach Paul Goriss to take his place on Sandy Brondello's coaching staff.
Tolo's selection comes after she was on hand for the announcement of the Olympic Unleashed program in Canberra on Friday.
Olympics Unleashed is designed to take athletes into schools to share their journey and how it can help students find their passion, set goals and overcome challenges - of which Tolo has had plenty.
The $250,000 program will begin in August and will continue over the next 12 months with 30 athletes coming to schools in Canberra.
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Tolo can still remember the day Cathy Freeman visited her school and she is desperate to replicate that feeling for students across the capital.
"I'm really excited and honoured to have this opportunity to go to school and speak to them about my journey," Tolo said.
"We would love for every school to get involved. Hopefully we can pass on that inspiration and unleash the potential of any inspiring Olympian."
Minister of Sports and Recreation Yvette Berry says the program will help both the local community and the Australian athletes.
"This is a really great program to get the community involved," Berry said.
"Knowing that the athletes have supporters here already and then when they get there they have almost formed this personal relationship with thousands of people in the ACT."