When Professional Baskeballer and Opal team member, Abby Bishop gained full custody of her sister’s child Zala last year; she didn’t predict she would have to turn around and quit the professional game she loved.
The 27 year old took custody of her niece back in August 2013 when she was just two days old and Zala had become a regular courtside for all of Abby’s games and commitments. That changed in 2014 with Abby putting her family before her international career a ruling was handed down.
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Despite Abby’s requests for assistance with childcare costs, Basketball Australia ruled that during competition time, Abby would be solely responsible for all flights; accommodation and child care costs associated with Zala. This ruling was put under review immediately and now, there has been a positive outcome.
Yesterday Basketball Australia reversed their decision and has now agreed to cover some of the costs incurred. Abby explained in an interview with the ABC,
“Obviously there was a bit of history there, with the whole Zala thing, but I’ve put that behind me, and my agent’s been working really hard with Basketball Australia,” she said.
“They’re definitely going to help me in some kind of way, whether that’s flights or paying for my nanny. She [Zala] will always come first, but I’m just really happy…that [Basketball Australia] are now willing to help me to an extent and I was never asking for too much.”
Abby will now travel with the Opal team to Rio de Janeiro next month for the Olympics test event. She says she is, “really excited to be back in the program and feels privileged to be able to go back in after sitting out for a year.”
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