We caught up with Joslyn Tinkle for a one on one Q&A ahead of this Saturday night when the Flames take on the Jayco Dandenong Rangers for the first time this season.
Full Name? Joslyn Tinkle
Date of Birth? 29 December 1990
Where were you born? Stokholm, Sweden.
Where do you call home? I grew up in Montana, but Corvallis in Oregon is home. It’s where my family and friends are.
What is the name of the first basketball team you played for? In 2nd grade (8 years old) I was a part of a small team called Jamm-in. It was a small 3-3 tournament with my friends coached by my dad. The team name was made up of all our initials.
Do you remember the name of your first coach? My parents. My dad was my first coach when I was young but my mum coached me all the way through high school up until college.
Other than basketball, what is your favourite sport to play? Beach Volleyball
Other than basketball, what is your favourite sport to watch? I enjoy everything! I love NFL and soccer. I’ve actually gotten into the AFL since being in Australia!
Is there any sport you don’t like? Not really, I hate watching golf but I enjoy playing.
What sport do you wish you could play and play well? Tennis.
Do you prefer swimming or skiing? I grew up skiing in the US, but I also love to swim so I can’t pick!
How do you feel about extreme sports? I’d like to think I would try it all but I think I would chicken out! I would especially love to skateboard.
Do you follow one particular team in the WNBA? I played for the Seattle Storm for a while so I enjoy watching them. I try and follow my friends and college teammates in the league mainly.
Do you follow any particular team in the NBA? Trailbrazers.
Who is your sporting hero? Michael Jordan, especially growing up when he was such a big presence in Basketball and he has a great story.
Who is your non-sporting hero? My parents, they’ve influenced my life on and off the court a lot. They taught me the game but so much off the court as well through the way they raised my siblings and I.
How do you prepare for a game? I’m a little superstitious about my pre game routine! I eat several hours before, drink coffee, hang out, spend time alone, listen to music and get pumped for the game. I like to get in early to warm up and prepare.
What is the first thing you want to do after a game? Head home, relax, eat and recover.
What is your favourite piece of gym equipment or training exercise? Foam roller – right before and after the game!
What is your least favourite piece of gym equipment or training exercise? Sprints.
What is the most rewarding part of being an elite athlete? Although we work extremely hard, I feel so lucky that I get to play a game I love and am passionate about, and get to share these experiences with my friends and family. Travelling and meeting awesome new people is such a big part of my career and that feels great.
What is the most difficult part of being an elite athlete? Having to travel quite far from family and friends can be hard, and being away from them. It can be exhausting sometimes but is worth it.
As a player, what is your biggest strength? My high energy. I also try to be a strong leader. I like to have fun while maintaining a strong work ethic and working hard.
What has been the highlight of your sporting career? Playing on the U18 U.S. team where we won gold in Buenos Aires (2009). Also, playing for my Stanford college team and playing in the national championship.
What would you still like to achieve? I’d love to be involved in winning a championship within the WNBL!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Have a family, but also an established career… have my post-basketball career sorted and hopefully settled down and starting a family.
What is your one favourite thing about basketball? The opportunity it has given me – representing my country and travelling, achieving so many things and getting so many experiences. I love seeing the world. The opportunities I get to share with my friends and family have been great.
Catch Jos Tinkle in action when the Flames take on Adelaide Lightning next Friday night (4 December) at 7:00pm at Brydens Stadium. Grab your tickets at the door or online here.