Credit to Northern Beaches News: https://northernbeachesnews.net/2016/04/28/mother-daughter-dolphins-ready-make-splash/
Forging a family culture at the Cairns Dolphins won’t be hard this QBL season.
Former Australian Opal Jenny Evans will pace the sidelines this year while her daughter, Teyla, strives to reach new heights on the court.
The elder Evans will serve as an assistant coach to Mark Worthington and says the team can expect a no nonsense approach.
“Mark and I believe in the same goals and attitude when it comes to basketball. We want the same sort of culture,” Jenny says.
“I want people who are committed, who’ll work hard and won’t expect to be on the court without putting the effort in. We want people to be challenged so when you come to training you put in 110 per cent.
The same principles apply to Teyla who returns to Cairns following stints in the WNBL with the Dandenong Rangers and Albury- Wodonga Bandits in the SEABL competition.
“Playing under Mark and mum is the best opportunity to get better and try and get back into the WNBL,” she says. “It’s definitely what I’m aspiring to and hopefully I can get to that point by the end of the season.”
“It’s really exciting. I haven’t been around mum in basketball and she hasn’t seen me play for a few years.
“I think finding out who the coach was and knowing that mum was going to be a part of it was a big thing. That was the clincher.”
While Teyla says her mum ‘sneaks comments in now and then’ both add there is very little basketball talk away from the court.
“We don’t push our kids to do things they don’t want to do,” Jenny says. “If they want to play for fun that’s great. But I’d rather see them be happy.”
“I know what it takes to get to an elite level and if you don’t want to do it that’s fine.
“Obviously, as a parent you have empathy but as the assistant coach I support the coach.”