Bendigo sporting great Kristi Harrower announces retirement

Kristi Harrower

Kristi Harrower

Keep following the Bendigo Advertiser for full coverage of Kristi's retirement plus a special tribute video. 

Updates from the press conference (full story below):

10.28am: Bernie breaks down in tears as he reflects on Kristi's career, "She makes her team mates better".

10.27am: Bernie Harrower says Kristi is Australia's greatest point guard.

10.25am: Words of support for Kristi are flowing on twitter.

10.20am: This Sunday's game against Adelaide will be Harrower's farewell. She will suit up but might not play.

10.19am: Harrower hopes all team mates will remember her as a smart player.

10.16am: Bigger things to come for Harrower - baby joy at age 39 with husband Aaron after "trying for a long time".

10.14am: The two WNBL championships with Bendigo Spirit very special for Harrower.

10.13am: Harrower thanks Bendigo community for their support.

10.10am: Harrower thanks her team mates and coaches, but biggest thanks goes to her family.

UPDATE: Kristi Harrower has announced she is 16 weeks pregnant as she fronts a media conference to announce her immediate retirement from the game.

EARLIER: KRISTI Harrower has played her last game of basketball.

Harrower, who will celebrate her 40th birthday in March, will front a press conference at 10am on Wednesday to announce her immediate retirement from the game.

After leading the Bendigo Spirit to back-to-back WNBL championships in 2013 and 2014, Harrower only played limited minutes with the club in the first half of this season.

Harrower departs basketball as one of Australia's all-time greats.

Three Olympic silver medals, one Olympic bronze medal, world championship gold medal, three WNBL titles, WNBL MVP and countless other individual honours in a career that also included stints in the WNBA and Europe.

She was twice named the Bendigo Advertiser-Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year and in 2011 was inducted into the Sports Star Hall Of Fame.

 â€œKristi is home-grown here in Bendigo and thousands of kids have looked up to her over the years as a role model,” Spirit chairman Greg Bickley said.

“Kristi has been a tremendous ambassador for Bendigo and for women’s sport.

“To have had a four-time Olympian in our team has been invaluable and the team will miss her dearly.

“To see the end of the Harrower era in the team will be a challenge, but the club is stronger for it and we will never forget her contribution both on the court, and to basketball generally.”