Anneli Maley is an Australian basketball superstar. She shares her inspiring story of overcoming mental health issues on her way to becoming an Australian Opal, WNBL and now WNBA Star with the Chicago Sky. She is a fierce LGBTQI+ advocate and a beacon of light and inspiration for young women across the globe. Her story is about resilience, self-belief and an unwavering desire to succeed.


00:00 – The Big Problem
06:52 – The Very First Segment – The Fish Tank
08:59 – Introducing Anneli Maley
13:38 – Her Introduction to Basketball
17:39 – Growing Up with Basketball
22:24 – Quitting the Game
24:27 – Mental Health
28:47 – Healing and Getting Back into Basketball
32:00 – Making a Change / Bringing Awareness
37:36 – Andrew Bogut Controversy
47:18 – Being a Spokesperson
49:58 – Lexi Rodgers
53:44 – Biggest Accomplishments & Goals
57:46 – WMBA and NBL
1:01:10 – LGBTQAI in Sports
1:06:25 – The Fish Tank
1:12:24 – Final Words

Guest Intro

Today’s guest is nothing short of an inspiration.

As a promising junior basketball player at the Australian Institute of Sport, she had the world at her feet, only to face significant mental health challenges at sixteen.

Fast-forward to today, she has bounced back and achieved remarkable success on and off the court.

In the 2021/2022 season, she claimed the WNBL MVP award with Bendigo Spirit (youngest ever) and has since suited up for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA and become a key representative of the Australian Opals.

Most recently, she helped secure victory in the Asian 3 X 3 Championships in Singapore, yet again donning the green and gold.

Beyond her impressive athletic achievements, she is a fierce advocate for mental health and LGBTQIA+ issues.

Give it up for the face of Australian basketball and host of the highly acclaimed Under the Surface Podcast, Anneli Maley.

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