Chesters and Allan call on Bendigo to support the Spirit

With the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) season just around the corner, Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP and Number 1 ticket holder, the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, State Member for Bendigo East, are calling on the community to support the Bendigo Spirit.


Ms Chesters is hosting a fundraising lunch in support of the Spirit’s upcoming 2016-2017 season. Jacinta Allan will be a special guest and Spirit Star Kelsey Griffin will be the keynote speaker.

“Whether it’s for players’ wages, coaching or travel, financially it can be a real struggle to find adequate funding in women’s sport.

“This team is a real asset to our city and attending this fundraiser is an easy way for people to get behind the Bendigo Spirit.

“I am also really excited that the Number 1 ticket holder Jacinta Allan will be attending the lunch and showing her support for the Spirit,” said Ms Chesters.

Ms Allan and her family have a strong association with Bendigo basketball, with her father Peter a stalwart of the local league.

“Supporting regional Victoria’s only national sporting team is something I am very passionate about and I would like to encourage every Bendigonian to get on board and show your support for the Spirit,” said Ms Allan.

Professional women’s sport took a big hit when the ABC decided they could no longer support the televising of the WNBL.

“For regional based teams like Bendigo Spirit, losing that national broadcast has had a financial impact.

“Every dollar raised on the day will go directly to the Spirit so I really hope the Bendigo community can support this event,” said Ms Chesters.