Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker AM

Basketballer and researcher

2019 WA Local Hero

Wadjuk traditional owner, Curtin University Professor, children's author and mother-of-three, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, is passionate about helping children build their confidence and improve their social, physical and emotional wellbeing – through sport.

In 2015, the ex-state and Women's National Basketball League player launched the basketball lifestyle program Kaat, Koort and Hoops. Translating as head, heart and hoops, the after-school basketball lifestyle program aims to build sporting confidence – providing a boost to participants' self-esteem. By 2018, 250 children had participated in the program.

A highly accomplished woman committed to social development, Cheryl completed a PhD in 2000 at Edith Cowan University, exploring urban Aboriginal children's self-identity and self-esteem in the school sporting setting.

She is a voluntary member of not-for-profit Koya Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal-controlled and owned organisation, which provides services including training, employment, professional development and cultural security audits.

In 2014, she founded Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing in 2014, where she is executive director.