Maddie Garrick is attempting to refresh her mind and body during winter by taking another break from the SEABL — and it is already paying dividends.
‘‘I took the SEABL season off two years ago and the rewards that I got out of having a proper off-season were fantastic,’’ Garrick said.
‘‘So I wanted to stimulate that again and keep myself open for some new experiences as well.’’
A new experience is just what Garrick has found after being included in Australia’s 3x3 team for the FIBA Asia Cup, which starts later this month in China.
Although Garrick has not had many encounters with the format in the past, the Shepparton export is excited for the challenge ahead.
‘‘It kind of came on really quickly,’’ Garrick said.
‘‘I had a message from David Biwer (Australia’s coach) and he asked if I was interested in playing.
‘‘Any chance you get to represent your country is a fantastic experience, whether it’s 5x5 or 3x3, and experience is exactly what I need.’’
The guard has already had a taste of the new style of play at training, and said the difference between what she was normally used to was staggering.
‘‘It was a lot more physical and played at a higher intensity than what I thought,’’ Garrick said.
‘‘What you might be called for a foul for in 5x5 won’t be called as much in 3x3, and it makes it a lot more physical.
‘‘But I’m looking forward to it.’’
Garrick’s off-season will by no means be a passive one as she continues to train hard for another WNBL tilt with the Melbourne Boomers.
But as well as finishing her last semester at uni, Garrick has also been involved in an advertising campaign for athletic apparel company Lululemon and a number of other ventures.
‘‘There’s lots of extra stuff going on, so I’m keeping myself busy,’’ Garrick said.
The 3x3 Asia Cup starts on April 27 in Shenzhen, China, and runs until May 1.