It has been a well-travelled basketball road for recently signed North Gold Coast Seahawks women’s player Kayla Kiriau.
Kiriau, 24, brings a wealth of international experience to the Seahawks program which will play in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for the first time in 2018. The athletic point guard will aim to make an impact in the league once again, after a successful rookie campaign in 2017 with the Gladstone Port City Power.
Prior to this, Kiriau had U.S. college stints at Sheridan College (Wyoming) from 2011 – 2013 & Point Park University (Pennsylvania) from 2013 – 2015. She graduated from Point Park in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in Human Resource Management. Before she made the move to the U.S., Kiriau was a member of the New Zealand Under 16 & Under 18 national squads and learnt the game initially through the Hoop Club program in Wellington.
Kiriau is enthused by the challenge of leading a newly formed women’s squad into QBL play-off contenders.
“I’m excited to be able to live and play on the Gold Coast”, said Kiriau.
“The Seahawks club is well-run and the quality of its staff and volunteers is exceptional”.
“(Coach) Rob Sleaford is a great women’s coach so I’m expecting our team to be very competitive – even though it’s the first year at this (QBL) level”.
Whilst continuing to compete in the QBL, Kiriau hopes to pursue a career in sport programming and mentoring females to achieve their athletic goals.
“I’d like to work closely with girls to put them on a path to success – both in sport and in life”, Kiriau said.
Also, Kiriau aims to make a run at selection to the New Zealand national team in the medium term but understands that playing on the international stage requires big sacrifices.
“For me to gain a spot on the Tall Ferns (womens national team) I will need to consistently be one of the leading playmakers in the QBL and become a fitter and more physically conditioned athlete.”
The Seahawks men’s and women’s teams will compete in the state-wide competition which features the leading basketball associations including powerhouses Cairns, Townsville & Brisbane. The first home doubleheader for the Seahawks will be against Brisbane Capitals on Saturday 5th May at Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium.
Sponsorship and supporter opportunities with the Seahawks QBL program can be found here: https://www.seahawksqbl.com/sponsors