• Abby Bishop (C) of Australia drives the ball against Ornela Santana (R) of Argentina during Aquece Rio Test Event for the Rio 2016 Olympics at Arena Carioca 1 on January 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Abby Bishop talks us through her recent trip to Rio for the Opals' test events against Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.
Abby Bishop

29 Jan 2016 - 8:54 AM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2016 - 8:54 AM

Well after 2 years, it was amazing being back a part of the Opals program. To be able to go to Rio, for a pre Olympic test event was something special.

We arrived in Brazil, after a pretty brutal trip. We flew Canberra – Sydney (1 hour) Sydney – Dubai (14 hours) Dubai – Rio (14 hours) but it wasn’t so so bad. We stayed in a brand new hotel, right in amongst all the Olympic stuff. The village, and most of the stadiums could be seen from the top of our hotel.

We had a couple of training days and a scrimmage v Brazil before we took to the court for our 3 game tournament, played at the arena where the women’s basketball will play all finals games.

The scores of the 3 games were –

  • 87-37 v Argentina
  • 104-24 v Venezuela
  • 77-67 v Brazil

We also got the chance to go up and see “Christ the Redeemer” statue, which was amazing.

For me, adjusting back to that level of play was always going to be a big factor. Regardless of the scores and opposition, the pace and the way the opals play in general is many steps up from the WNBL.

I felt like I adjusted well but I know I have a lot to work on and a lot to learn so I am now back in Canberra to finish off the WNBL season and also start working on the things that I know I need to, after being back in the national squad.

It was also really nice to be back playing with some of my old team mates, Suzy and Cayla in particular, but it was also great getting to know some girls who I just play against in the WNBL. Overall, it was a great experience for me and I am grateful I got to experience Rio, and see everything we did.

I’m back with Zala now after a while without her. She has grown so much, her hair is longer, she’s talking more and is just acting like she’s a year older. It’s really amazing how much they change and how quickly they grow.

I’ll leave you all with this – It’s always a privilege and honour to wear the green and gold, and something I don’t take for granted. Forever grateful for everything basketball has done for me.

This article originally appeared on VixenSports.