Standard Life GB senior women's player, Julie Page has been recognised as the British Basketball Player of the Year, with Devon Van Oostrum picking up the brand new honour of Emerging Athlete 2011.
As the British Basketball Player of the Year, Page will receive the Olympic Athlete of the Year Award for basketball and joins the likes of Luol Deng (2007 and 2008), Jo Leedham (2009) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu <http://www.gameongb.com/news/2122.php> (2010) in receiving the accolade.
Page was awarded the title following a stand out summer leading the Standard Life GB women to their historical second round place in EuroBasket 2011, with the power forward averaging 10 points a game and 7.5 rebounds. The team had a fantastic European finals campaign and went further into the tournament than any other GB team in history. The Standard Life GB women came within three points of defeating eventual European Champions Russia and lost by a single point to basketball powerhouses Lithuania.
Following EuroBasket, Page signed with Polish side Energa Torun where she erupted with 23 points in her first game for the side and continues to make strong contributions in the Polish League.
Julie was thrilled with the award: "I am honoured and immensely proud to have been named the British Basketball Player of the Year 2011. Just to be considered alongside so many talented and accomplished players is extremely humbling, but to actually win the award is a tremendous privilege.
"This year has been an incredible ride for both me personally and the Standard Life GB women's team. I would like to extend my gratitude and eternal thanks to everyone who has believed in and supported me throughout my career."
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