Sponsor Athlete: Natalie van den Adel
A native from the Netherlands Natalie van den Adel has joined the McKinnon Cougars State Championship Team. At 25 Natalie has already had a spectacular career.
Natalie started playing basketball at the age of 8,after winning back to back National Championships and receiving MVP honors at 17 for her hometown club, she left to play for Colorado State University, USA where she would stay for 2 years.
In 2012 & 2013 Natalie returned to her hometown club in the Netherlands, playing for the Senior Womens Team (highest level in the Netherlands), winning back to back Final Four Gold Medals and an MVP award.
After a season in France, one of the best leagues in Europe, Natalie moved to play in the Liga Femenina, the highest division in Spain. Finishing her second season with C.D. Zamarat in Zamora would lead her to Australia, where she is now a member of the McKinnon Cougars State Championship Team.
Since she was 15 Natalie has been a member of the National Team of the Netherlands. She has played 6 youth European Championships, winning a Gold medal with her U20 team. At the age of 20, Natalie made her debut in the Senior National Team and she has been a member since.
It is great to have Natalie here in Australia, she is a very welcome addition to the Cougars Championship team. We look forward to continuing working with Natalie and the rest of the team for the rest of the season.