UC CAPITALS CLUB HISTORY
The Canberra Capitals entered the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) in 1986, having won the Australian Women’s Basketball Conference the previous year. The Capitals teams origin extends back to participating in the Australian Capital Territory local basketball competitions in the early eighties and then as the ACT’s representative team in the then Australian Women’s Basketball Championships.
The Canberra Capitals have been awarded the Keys to the City of Canberra on 3 separate occasions, in 2000, 2002 and 2007 and will forever be etched into the foundations of the Canberra Community having their legacy immortalised with an official plaque on the ACT Walk of Honour in 2012.
The Canberra Capitals originated from within the basketball community and have always been enshrined by the community, being owned and managed by UC Union at the University of Canberra. Emerging from the structure of local basketball with strong heritage based in Basketball ACT, the Capitals continue to maintain a strong and productive relationship with grass roots and community basketball in the Canberra region. Whilst their new relationship with the University of Canberra connects the team to flexible working, living and studying arrangements through the University so that they are able to have a stronger focus on basketball while at the same time preparing for life after basketball. Their representation and success on national and international levels has allowed them the opportunity to establish a national profile with a local focus.