Introducing the Perth Lynx
Perth Wildcats chairman and owner Dr Jack Bendat and his family have purchased the license of Western Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League franchise.
The team, known as the West Coast Waves since 2010, will now be called the Perth Lynx, and will operate under Perth Wildcats management.
Subject to WNBL approval, the team will compete in the forthcoming WNBL Championship season.
The license had been owned and operated by Basketball WA since 2001.
This means the Bendat family now owns both the Perth Wildcats and the Perth Lynx.
As well as a throwback to the team’s name from 2001 – 2010, the new brand creates a link to their male “big cat” counterparts, the Perth Wildcats.
On top of this, the team will share the Perth Wildcats colour scheme – wearing primarily red.
Dr Bendat said the acquisition is a great opportunity to increase the whole organisation’s standing within the community.
“This is a big moment for basketball in Western Australia,” he said.
“We see enormous potential in this brand and expect significant growth in membership, corporate support and crowds at Perth Lynx home games.
“The acquisition also allows us to double our positive impact on the local community, where Lynx players will serve as role models for West Australians – particularly young girls.”
WA has been represented in the WNBL since 1988, when the Perth Breakers were formed. The team enjoyed several years of success in the early 1990s, winning its only Championship in 1992.
Following the 2001 WNBL season, a change in ownership saw the Breakers become the Perth Lynx, which remained its team name until a Basketball WA overhaul saw the Lynx become the West Coast Waves in 2010.
Basketball WA chair Keith Dunlap said the latest change in ownership can only mean good things for women’s basketball in this state.
“Basketball WA is extremely proud of the work it has done over the past 14 years to maintain and operate a WNBL licence in Western Australia. It is through the tireless work of the dedicated BWA staff as well as volunteers, and the support of our Member Associations, that female players in WA have had the opportunity to reach the highest level of the sport.
“This agreement will further enhance the opportunities for elite female athletes in Western Australia, as well as our coaches and officials,” he said.
“Basketball WA is looking forward to working closer with the Perth Wildcats to continue the development of the female pathway in Western Australia and the relevant underpinning programs and structures.”
WA’s minister for Sport and Recreation Mia Davies also welcomed the move.
“Perth Lynx, formerly known as West Coast Waves, will be an important national league team for Western Australia to showcase a pathway for young female athletes,” she said.
“I’m really excited that the nation’s most successful basketball franchise, Perth Wildcats, will now manage Perth Lynx and work closely with Basketball WA to ensure the sustainability of the club.”
The Perth Lynx home stadium will remain the WA Basketball Centre.
Fans can expect a reinvigorated game experience, run by the staff behind the electric atmosphere Perth Wildcats home games have become famous for.
Memberships are available right now and fans can sign up at PerthLynx.com
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