It's safe to say Lucille Bailie knows what it takes to go from elite athlete to being equally successful in the corporate world.
The former Opal's now the Canberra Capitals general manager. Which makes her perfectly suited for her new role as the Minerva Network's ACT chapter lead.
Minerva is a mentoring organisation that links elite female athletes with a range of female industry leaders across corporate Australia.
Bailie will be the first chapter lead in the ACT as the organisation looks to establish a presence in the capital.
She said the opportunity to join the network was both an honour and a privilege.
Bailie said elite athletes can often get so wrapped up in their sporting endeavours they're not thinking about life after sport.
She plans to help change that with the help of some of Australia's biggest movers and shakers in the corporate world.
"It's really important for athletes to be the best they can athletically. But the challenge is to allocate some time or some thought to what happens after sport and ideally not starting the process on the last day of your elite sporting career," Bailie said.
"That's where the Minerva mentoring can assist the athlete. It is a relationship that can be shaped in any way, based around the athlete's needs and requirements and it is in place before the last day.
"As the athlete starts to map out their career after sport, that's where the mentors can provide wonderful guidance and an instant network."
She says the network will help develop Australia's young athletes into leaders and role models for future generations.
"The Minerva Network is committed to helping our leading athletes become inspirational role models for the next generation of young Australians and to identify projects in their respective communities where they can step in as leaders, encourage activity and bring about social cohesion," Bailie said.
"I am a passionate advocate for regular physical activity to combat current overweight and obesity levels, particularly for young children, and our elite women in sport are truly inspirational role models in this area."