Helping to put Bendigo on the sporting map, Harrower’s contribution to the city of Bendigo and country Victoria as a whole enhanced basketball in the region as she finished her career on 329 WNBL games (11th overall all-time) and with 4,199 points (eighth) and 1,503 assists (second).
In addition to her incredible WNBL exploits, Harrower was destined to be an Opal after winning gold with the Under-19 Australian team.
She first represented the national side at the 1998 World Championships where the Opals won a bronze medal and she finished third for assists with 2.3 per game.
Two years later at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, she paced the Opals with 3.8 assists per game and scored a tournament-high nine points against USA in the final as Australia achieved their best ever result to that time at an Olympics with a silver medal.
Her knowledge of the game and ability to control the tempo made her an ideal candidate for the captaincy and Harrower fulfilled that role as well in 2002 when the Opals won another bronze medal at the World Championships.
In 2006, she led Australia to its most significant basketball achievement when the Opals won a World Championship gold medal, defeating Russia in the final with Harrower combining 15 points with five assists and a steal.
The point guard continued to act as play-maker for Australia at the next three Olympics after Sydney, winning two more silver medals in 2004 (when she finished sixth overall for assists) and 2008 (when she led the tournament with 4.4 assists per game) before capping off her international career in 2012 with an Olympic bronze medal.
With almost 300 caps as a national player, Harrower called time on her playing career in 2015 after spending more than 32 years on the basketball court, as she took the next step of her life journey into motherhood.
Kristi Harrower is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to have represented Australia in basketball and her inspirational play, high basketball IQ, tenacity, leadership skills, defensive intensity and play-making abilities make her a once in a generation player.
Harrower will be inducted alongside five other icons into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame on October 27. The Gaze Family, Maher Family, Sandy Blythe and Sue Hobbs medals will also be awarded to the most outstanding members of the Australian Boomers, Opals, Rollers and Gliders respectively.