Tessa Lavey

Bendigo Spirit DOB: 23 Mar 1993 Height: 172 cm Position: Guard Number:

Hometown: Swan Hill, VIC

Junior Association: Swan Hill (VIC)

Current Club: Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

International Debut: 2009


Lavey owes a lot to her parents who drove her four hours to and from Eltham every weekend as she searched for the best competition as a junior to hone her talents.

Originally from Swan Hill, the guard also played for Ballarat, Hamilton and Bendigo before successful AJC's in 2009 and 2010 caught the attention of the AIS where she was offered a scholarship.

She has since become a regular fixture in Australian squads, traveling to France for the 2010 U17 World Championships, winning a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey and recently touring Europe with the Opals squad.

Combine that with four years at SEABL level where she has averaged 11 points and seven rebounds and 80+ games in six WNBL seasons and Lavey has already fashioned a career that many would be envious of.

Lavey was also part of the Landon Trophy winning Opals team that qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

She then finished Runners-Up with the Lynx in their first season with the WNBL as a re-branded side, before being named for her first Olympics in August.

Continuing the form displayed in previous years, Lavey was an active member of the 2016 Opals squad who reached the quarter-finals in the Olympic Games where, in her limited minutes, averaged two points, two rebounds, and two assists.

In May 2017, the Jayco Rangers signed Lavey to a two-year deal.

Lavey was named to the 2018 Commonwealth Games squad on the Gold Coast, that won the Gold Medal. A few months later, an unfortunate injury to Lauren Mansfield meant that Lavey was named to the 2018 FIBA World Cup side.

As a member of the team, Lavey came off the bench as the Opals went on to win the Silver medal as they famously defeated Spain in the semi-final.

Following the World Cup, Lavey returned to the Rangers for the 2018/19 season. Following the season, Lavey would sign with the Bendigo Spirit for the 2019/20 season. The move came as Lavey was also playing for the Bendigo Braves during the inaugural 2019 NBL1 season.

Previous Clubs:

2009-2012 - AIS (WNBL)
2012-2013 - Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2013-2015 - Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
2015-2017 - Perth Lynx (WNBL)
2017-2019 - Dandenong Rangers (WNBL)
2019-present - Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA Women's Asia Cup: 2017 (Silver)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2015
FIBA World Championship: 2014 (Bronze), 2018 (Silver)
Commonwealth Games 2018 (Gold)
World University Games: 2013 (Bronze)
FIBA U17 World Championship: 2010
FIBA U16 Oceania Championship: 2009