Leanne Walker (Waikato) | 2018

Leanne Walker was a two-time Olympian as a player but more recently has established herself as one of New Zealand’s leading female coaches. She has a wealth of experience and professionalism from her playing days and uses it to help grow and develop young athletes both nationally and in the Waikato region.

Her coaching accolades to date include;

• Head Coach of St Peter’s School, Cambridge – finalists at the last 4 Schick Secondary Schools Girl’s National Finals, winning three titles and finishing runners-up once.
• Head Coach of Waikato Wizards WBC team for the past three seasons – runners-up in 2018
• Head Coach of NZ Women’s team that won gold at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in 2018
• Assistant Coach of NZ U18 Women’s team that attended the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in India last year.

Her citation reads:

“Her passion and commitment to the sport and the athletes is undeniable. She never looks for recognition and always remains humble despite her amazing achievements and contribution to basketball.

“She is a remarkable woman who always looks to better those around her and she is a deserved recipient of this award.”