A transgender athlete applied for selection in our Kilsyth Cobras NBL1 Women’s team for the 2023 NBL1 South season. Our NBL1 Women’s coach invited the athlete to participate in try-outs ahead of an eligibility assessment, as required by Basketball Victoria.


Basketball Victoria, in collaboration with Basketball Australia, has developed the Guidelines for the Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Basketball to evaluate athlete eligibility. As an affiliate member of Basketball Victoria, we follow the guidelines of our governing body. If the athlete meets eligibility criteria, team selection will be determined by our Kilsyth Cobras NBL1 Women’s Head Coach.


The athlete has undertaken all the necessary medical and physical testing required to determine eligibility, and we are waiting to hear the outcome from Basketball Victoria. The athlete will continue to train with our squad pending the outcome.


As always, the wellbeing of everyone involved is our number one priority, and we will continue to support all members of our community.


Once Kilsyth Basketball are informed of Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria’s decision on the eligibility of the player, Kilsyth’s NBL1 Women’s coaching staff will then take the next steps in selecting the team.


This situation does not impact our Junior and Senior Domestic competitions, or our Junior Cobras programs.