Kim Holloway faced and conquered many tests on the basketball court as a Ballarat Lady Miner.
In six seasons with the Lady Miners from 1999 to 2004, she played in four consecutive championship-winning teams from 1999.
Now she faces a much different and potentially even more demanding challenge in the game off the court.
Holloway has been elected Basketball Ballarat's new chairman.
And she is treading new ground for the sport in Ballarat.
Holloway is the first female chairman of the Ballarat Basketball Association, which was formed in 1949.
This is a big job at any time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it tougher than anyone could ever have imagined.
Entering her third year on the Basketball Ballarat board, Holloway says she is ready to lead a rebuild of the sport after this year's COVID-19 shutdown and the flow-on impact that has had at all levels.
One of her first tasks will be overseeing the appointment of a new chief executive officer to succeed Peter Eddy, who will retire next month after three decades in the role.
Holloway said the process was under way and the board was hoping to have someone in place in time to spend sometime working alongside Eddy.
Holloway said on the playing and development front the priority was rebuilding from grassroots up.
She said there was plenty of hard work ahead getting competitions back to where they had been, maintaining staff levels, and making the required changes for what was going to be the "new normal".
Holloway said if everything went well all this would potentially still take until well in next year to get near completion.
Former Lady Miners coach and player Kym Cassells, who is also on the Basketball Ballarat board as treasurer, said Holloway had been a great teammate who would do whatever was necessary to win..
"She would continually put her body on the line to win procession of the ball and often won contents through her sheer determination and tough no nonsense style."
Peter Eddy said Holloway had always stood out as a leader and a quality person and was the ideal next chairman following on from the retirement of David Stuchbery.
"Kim's style as a player and in her professional employment career made her the ideal chair for Basketball Ballarat as it charts its way through the COVID-19 crisis and into the next era of growth and diversification as the leading indoor sports body in Western Victoria."