Basketballer Michelle Fraser to play Masters Games in 34th consecutive season

EVERGREEN: Michelle Fraser has played basketball for the past 34 years and will line up in the Masters Games later this month. Picture: Hamish Geale
EVERGREEN: Michelle Fraser has played basketball for the past 34 years and will line up in the Masters Games later this month. Picture: Hamish Geale

When Michelle Fraser finally calls time on her basketball career, she’ll likely have to field calls from battery companies looking for a face for their advertising campaigns.

After taking up the game at the age of 11, the 45-year-old has played each of the past 34 seasons with a level of durability rarely seen in competitive sport. 

And she’s not done yet. 

“I’ll keep playing until the body gives out on me,” Fraser said.

Playing her junior years with the Mayfield Stars, Fraser has lined up for “countless” teams in her three-decade journey and played A-grade at her peak.

But despite her love for competition, it’s building and making new friendships that has kept her returning the sport year after year.

“I love the team atmosphere and I love all the people I’ve played with and against.

“I just really love the sport, I have ever since I started playing.”

EAGER: Fraser's Masters Games team. Picture: Supplied

EAGER: Fraser's Masters Games team. Picture: Supplied

Later this month Fraser will be one of hundreds of Launcestonians taking part in the Australian Masters Games, which will be held on the North-West Coast between October 21 and 28.

Lining up in a Launceston-based team, Fraser will take on some of the country’s best players aged 45-plus.

“I think what we’re aiming to do is just go out and have a bit of fun.

“I don’t know that I’m improving, I’m getting a bit slower and probably a bit less competitive but I’m still learning.

“You’re never too old to learn anything so I’m still learning and still trying different things on the court.”

ALL IN WHITE: Fraser lining up for Launceston in the National Baptist Carnival tournament in January this year. Picture: Supplied

ALL IN WHITE: Fraser lining up for Launceston in the National Baptist Carnival tournament in January this year. Picture: Supplied