Julie Nykiel

Julie Dawn Nykiel OAM (born 13 December 1958) is a former Australian women's basketball player.[1]

Julie Nykiel
Personal information
Born (1958-12-13) 13 December 1958 (age 61)
Noarlunga, South Australia
Country Australia



Nykiel played for the national team between 1979 and 1990, competing at two Olympic Games; 1984 and 1988.[2] Nykiel also represented Australia at three World Championships - 1979, 1983 and 1986.[3]

In the domestic competition, Nykiel was the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) Most Valuable Player in 1984 and 1988.[1][4] Her single-game record of 53 points (set in 1982) stood for over 20 years and was achieved without the benefit of a three-point line.[1][5] Nykiel led the WNBL in points scored on 5 occasions; 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 & 1988.[6] In 2006, Nykiel polled as the 7th greatest Australian female basketball player in the 25-year team.[7] Nykiel is also recognised as one of the leading players in WNBL history.[8]


Following her retirement from basketball in 1990, Nykiel went on to a successful career in South Australian netball as a Goal Shooter, playing in a number of state league netball Grand Finals.

Honours and recognitionEdit

In the 1997 Australia Day Honours Nykiel was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).[9] In 2000 she was awarded the Australian Sports Medal[10] and in 2001 the Centenary Medal.[11]

Nykiel was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Basketball Australia. Hall of Fame: Julie Nykiel. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  2. ^ Julie Nykiel. Sports Reference: Olympic Games. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  3. ^ FIBA Archive. Players: Julie NYKIEL. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  4. ^ Trailblazers: History of the WNBL MVP Award. Women's National Basketball League (21 March 2012). Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  5. ^ Howell, Stephen (24 January 2005). Snell sets court on fire. The Age. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  6. ^ Basketball Australia. WNBL Top Shooters Award Archived 17 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  7. ^ Howell, Stephen (20 January 2005). League pollsters find Jackson simply the best. The Age. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  8. ^ FIBA News. AUS - Lindsay Gaze honoured by Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  9. ^ "Julie Dawn Nykiel". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Julie Nykiel". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Julie Dawn Nykiel". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 5 September 2019.