Sandra ‘Sandy’ Brondello proved herself one of the finest shooters in women’s basketball. Her offensive ability, especially from behind the three-point arc, and strong defence made her a valuable presence on the Opals team for more than 15 years. A guard, she represented Australia at four Olympics, winning three medals: bronze in 1996 and silver in 2000 and 2004. Brondello made her Olympic debut as a 20-year-old in 1988 where Australia placed fourth. The team did not participate in 1992. When the Opals returned to the Games in 1996, Brondello and team-mates had matured into one of the best units in the world. The 1996 bronze was the first medal won by Australia in the sport, and commenced a remarkable medals run at future Games. Brondello has stayed involved with the sport as a coach.