Signed up by the Australian Institute of Sport in 2007, a 15-year-old Rachel Jarry showed her potential as a future national star, averaging over 11 points and 5 rebounds in her debut season in the WNBL. Jarry went on to win the WNBL Championship with the Bulleen Boomers before she was drafted into the American WNBA in 2011. Having been selected onto her first national team that same year, Jarry postponed her move to the WNBA to focus on securing selection on the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.
When she made her Olympic debut in London, Jarry, 20, was the youngest member of the Australian women’s basketball team. The Opals defeated China in the quarter-final (75-60) and faced the USA earlier than expected for a berth in the gold medal match.
As they had done in three previous Olympic campaigns, the world number one USA beat the Australians (86-73) and went on to take gold over the French. Australia faced Russia for the bronze, winning 83-74 to continue the Opals’ strong Olympic record.