Get to Know Erin Phillips

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Do you have a role model, someone who inspired you to pursue your basketball career? If so, who is it and how did they inspire you?

My dad has always been my role model. Although he didn’t play basketball, he was a professional Aussie Rules football player so I was always encouraged to play sports and follow my dreams. My Dad would spend countless hours shooting hoops or kicking the football with me, which I believe helped me develop basic skills and a passion for sports at a young age.

How old were you when you first started playing basketball?

I was 13 years old.

You’re entering your 8th year in the WNBA – what are you most looking forward to this season?

I’m really looking forward to playing for Brian and along side some of the best players in the world, and also obviously living in LA 😉

What do you know about LA, or what are you looking forward to exploring in LA?

LA reminds me of Australia! I love the water and living close to a beach so I am sure I will be venturing down to the ocean a lot. Also, I’m turning 30 this year so my Birthday just might have to be celebrated at DisneyLand or Universal Studios.

What are you most excited about this season?

Meeting Magic! And of course trying to win another WNBA championship!

What do you feel you will bring to the Sparks organization?

Experience, toughness and Mariana Tolo (I told her she had to come play with me in LA!)

Tell us one thing that you’ve done in the past year or so that surprised you?

I’ve finally started to build my house in Port Lincoln, South Australia, that I have been designing for 5 years…. Thought it would never happen.

What are you most proud of?

My Family!

What would Sparks fans be surprised to know about you?

I’m the youngest of three sisters; I’ve gone cage diving with Great White Sharks; I get really annoyed when I have the hiccups and I love fishing.

I also don’t drink Fosters and I HATE tuna!

If you could hold a dinner party for any three people in the world – past or present – who would you invite?

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell

What advice would you give your younger self that you would like to pass on to young athletes?

Appreciate your life, work hard, have fun and don’t take anything for granted.

What does the WNBA mean to you?

The WNBA means so much because it gives me the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and to make a career out of playing basketball. There is no opportunity like this at home in Australia, where more than half of the girls on every team have to either work or study in addition to playing. The WNBA gives young girls a dream and something to strive for if they do want to make basketball a career.