Karen Dalton OLY

Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Player


Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Player


Karen Dalton represented Australia on 342 occasions as both a player and coach at the junior and senior level, including the 1984 Opals team that was the first women’s basketball team to represent Australia at an Olympic Games.

She participated in four World Championship campaigns, two Olympic Games and almost 40 tours over her 14 year international playing career before becoming an Assistant Coach with the Opals for the 2004 Athens Games and winning her second Olympic Silver Medal.

Domestically, Dalton was a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Women’s National Basketball League and played in 375 games. She is now has a WNBL Life Membership and is currently the head coach of the highly successful Sydney Uni Flames.

In 1988 Karen and her brother Brad became the first brother and sister to represent Australia in the same sport at the same Olympic Games, and off the court she has dedicated countless hours to teaching and promoting the game in schools and associations.


– Represented Australia on 342 occasions as player and coach.

– Represented Australia at over 35 tournaments.

– Played 375 WNBL games.

– Member of first women’s team at an Olympic Games – 1984.

– Played at two Olympic Games – 1984, 1988.

– Played at three World Championships – 1986, 1990, 1994.

– Two-time Defensive Player of the Year – 1990, 1993.

– Coached 2003 WNBL Championship team.

– WNBL Coach of the Year – 2001/02.

– WNBL Life Member.

– Inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.

– Inducted to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame – 2007.

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