Trailblazer

Carrie Graf

An Australian basketball hall of famer, an award-winning coach with the most recorded wins in the WNBL, the first openly gay Australian woman to coach in the WNBA and the first Director of Sport at the University of Canberra, Carrie Graf is the very definition of a trailblazer.

Passionate about women’s sport and helping all athletes achieve their best, Carrie believes that her successful career was only made possible by living in Canberra.

“I believe that for me to have a professional sporting career for nearly 20 years as a paid coach of women’s basketball, and to have achieved all we did for women in sport through the Canberra Capitals, just wouldn’t have been possible in any other city.

There’s an appetite in Canberra for uniqueness that’s ground-breaking and the city is so open to people living the way they want. It’s allowed me to be paid for something I might not otherwise have been paid to do. And it’s also allowed me to live freely and openly with my partner and three little kids.

Canberra has all the great opportunities of a big city but with the friendliness and sense of community of a small country town. You can achieve great things here; it all comes down to what you make of it.”

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