Penny Taylor is one of the greatest basketball players produced by Australia. From Victoria, the forward won consecutive silver medals with the Opals in 2004 and 2008. Blessed with a brilliant all-round game, Taylor emerged as a star of the Opals after narrowly missing out on selection for the Sydney 2000 team, which won a silver medal. A severe ankle injury to Taylor in the quarter-finals in Beijing was a devastating set-back to the Opals, with the United States eventually defeating them in the gold medal final. Taylor was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament when Australia won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA women’s world championships. As well as her success with the Opals, Taylor has enjoyed a decorated professional career in Australia, the WNBA in the United States and in Europe.