Jenny Cheesman

Jennifer "Jenny" Cheesman (born 2 November 1957) is a former Australian women's basketball player and coach.[1]

Jenny Cheesman
Personal information
Born (1957-11-02) 2 November 1957 (age 62)
Adelaide, South Australia


Cheesman played 167 games for the national team between 1975 and 1988, competing at two Olympic Games, in 1984 and 1988.[2][3] Cheesman described making the 1984 Olympic Games as "a life-long dream come true... Since I was twelve years old my aim has been to play basketball at an Olympic Games".[4] At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Cheesman and her husband, Phil Smyth, became the first husband and wife to captain Australian teams at the same Olympics.[5]

Cheesman also represented Australia at four World Championships, in 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1986.[6][7] She was the captain of the team from 1980 until the end of her career and went on to be the Opals assistant coach from 1993–2000. While she was still playing at the highest level with the Opals, Cheesman was an assistant coach with the AIS program, taking over the head coach role for one year in 1990.[8] As a talented junior, Cheesman eventually had to choose between stellar basketball and netball careers.[9] Cheesman was an assistant coach with the Opals at 2000 Sydney Olympics.[10]

In the Women's National Basketball League, Cheesman played for the Canberra Capitals.[11] Cheesman would win the Halls Medal for the best and fairest player in the South Australian Women's competition on three occasions; 1974, 1977 and 1978.[12] In 2003 Basketball Australia introduced an annual Fair Play Award to all Australian Junior Championships. The Under 14 Girls Club Championship award for fair play was named the "Jenny Cheesman Fair Play Award", as recognition of her outstanding contribution to the game.[13] Although Cheesman was not involved in any international medal winning teams, she was described a very important figure in the development of Australian women's basketball.[14] Cheesman has been described as "a truly world-class basketball player".[15]

In 2006, Cheesman polled as the 8th greatest Australian female player in the 25-year team.[16] Cheesman was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ FIBA Archive. 1984 Olympic Games: Tournament for Women. Jennifer Cheesman. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ Australian Olympic Committee. Jennifer Cheesman. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ Sports Reference (part of the USA Today media group). Jenny Cheesman Archived 11 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  4. ^ Basketball Australia. Back in the Day: Late Autumn 1984. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  5. ^ Back in the Day: Late Autumn 1984. Basketball Australia News (18 May 2010). Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  6. ^ a b Basketball Australia. Jenny Cheesman. Retrieved 2012-07-22
  7. ^ FIBA Archive. Player Search: Cheesman. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  8. ^ Basketball Australia. U14 Girls Club Championship. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  9. ^ Keller, Candice (14 August 2009). Basketball and netball for star national prodigy. The Advertiser: Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  10. ^ 2000 Australian Olympic team Handbook and Media Guide. Sydney: Australian Olympic Committee. 2000.
  11. ^ Women's National Basketball League. Canberra TransACT Capitals: Club History. Retrieve 2012-07-22.
  12. ^ Halls Medal. Basketball SA. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  13. ^ Basketball Australia. Past Results: History. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  14. ^ National Library of Australia. Cheeseman, Jennifer (1957-). Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  15. ^ Cowley Michael (21 August 2008). The Jackson drive. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  16. ^ Howell, Stephen (20 January 2005). League pollsters find Jackson simply the best. The Age. Retrieved 2012-08-20.