AT more than 180cm tall, the Cockburn Cougars newest import is set to cut an imposing figure on the basketball court.
Alina Hartmann is racking up the stamps in her passport as she travels to all corners of the globe to play the sport she loves, first representing her native Germany at the 2014 U20 European Championship before being signed to the University of Colorado for the 2014-15 season and then moving back to play in Germany.
Now in Perth and with two games at Cockburn under her belt, Hartmann said she was excited for more.
“I instantly liked coach Thommo (Megan Thompson) and the fact that the club seemed very family orientated,” she said.
“Personally I feel like I needed (game 1 against Perry Lakes) to adjust and get a feeling for the way of playing over here and the level of the league.
“As a team I think we did a great job defensively and effort wise, we need to get more consistent though and start making more shots to win games.
“I’ve played at college level, participated in all European competitions for the German youth national teams and have been in the German first division for many years, that’s why I hope to bring some fresh wind and European flavour into this team.”
Coach Megan Thompson said Hartmann would play an important role in the team for the rest of the 2019 season.
“She is a sharp shooter who works hard both ends of the floor,” she said.
“Alina is versatile, athletic, intelligent and just a really great personality and I knew without a doubt that she would be a great fit for us culturally both on and off the court.
“We have come so close to winning in the majority of our games, including top team clashes, and Alina is potentially the one to help get us over the line in confidently finishing games out.”
Cockburn next play Willetton in the Community News Cup on June 8.
Tip-off is 5pm at the Willetton Basketball Stadium.