Hall of Fame Inductee
Donna Quinn started playing basketball as a ten-year-old on the Pittsworth bitumen courts. During her junior years, she represented Pittsworth, Toowoomba, Queensland South Zone, and Queensland at all junior levels.
In 1981, she won an inaugural scholarship to the new Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. At the AIS Donna successfully juggled a bank job with the rigours and demands of training every day and set herself a goal of playing at the 1984 Olympics.
Donna was a member of the fledgling AIS team in the WNBL Her play was so impressive that she was selected to tour China in early 1984 and was then selected for the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Cuba.
Although the Australian team did not qualify, it was subsequently admitted to the Olympics following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union.
Donna then went on to represent Australia at the 1985 Australia Games where Australia won Gold, at the 1986 World Championships, the 1988 Olympic Games and tours of Europe, U.S. and Canada.
Donna’s national career was even more impressive, playing a total of 215 WNBL games and is renowned for being one of the more dominant players in the WNBL for those nine years. In 1990 Donna won the WNBL Grand Final with the North Adelaide Rockets and was named the Finals MVP.
Donna retired from elite basketball at the end of the 1990 season to pursue a very successful banking career.
Donna Quinn, a person with drive, endeavour, work ethic, and love of competition. a very worthy member of the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021.