At 26 years of age, Melbourne born Penny Taylor has proven herself as one of the worlds best basketball players, and is one Australias finest world class sporting superstars.
The 2006-07 season was a breakout year for Penny, with incredible performances both in the WNBA and for the Australian national team, cementing her place amongst the games elite. In the WNBA, Penny led her team, the Phoenix Mercury to their first ever WNBA championship, with a nail biting final game 5 decider in which Penny led all scorers with 30 points. This capped off a WNBA season that also saw Penny named in the WNBA All Star starting 5 – for the best 5 players in the WNBA, the worlds toughest league.
Pennys performance in the WNBA in 2007 was no surprise to the basketball fraternity. 12 months earlier Penny was instrumental in the Australian Opals world championship win and was awarded the prestigious title of the World Championship MVP (most valuable player), ahead of fellow teammate Lauren Jackson. Pennys career began as a 16 year old at the AIS, later joining the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL and in 2001 she led the league in scoring and steals before being drafted by the Cleveland Rockers in the first round of the WNBA draft.
Penny has also had distinguished career in the tough Italian league, where she has played since 2002, becoming one of Europes headline players and leading her team Famila Schio to two championships titles, as the teams leading scorer and MVP. Penny Taylor is also a member of Australias silver medal winning team from the Athens Olympics in 2004, and will no doubt be one of the keys to the Opals chance for gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Off the court, Pennys personal attributes such as her outgoing personality, warmth, and natural beauty, mean she is a highly marketable athlete in todays sporting world.