Marianna Tolo - Basketball

Marianna Tolo

Hi, my name is Marianna Tolo.

I am passionate about Education because I know how important it is to have direction and purpose in life. When I was a youngster Cathy Freeman came to our primary school and that inspired me to be my best.

Sport:                                                 Basketball

Born:                                                  July 2 1988

Lives:                                                 Canberra                          

Olympic Games:                                2016 Rio

Olympic Results:                                5th place


Primary School:                                  St Joseph's, Mackay

High School:                                       Holy Spirit College, Mackay & Lake Ginninderra, Canberra

Favourite subject:                               PE

Favourite memory from school:          Cathy Freeman visiting our primary school



Childhood ambition:                          Architect

Favourite toy growing up:                 Barbie's playhouse

Favourite gadget:                             Polaroid printer

Best holiday:                                     Hawksbury River on a Houseboat/ Barcelona overseas

Band/music/song you love:               RnB

Favourite food:                                  I like variety!

Earliest memory:                               I remember my first basketball game.

Interests other than sport:                 Love going to the cinema! Also a bit artsy-crafty

Football team:                                   Cowboys!! Qld State of Origin

Sportsmanship means ….                 Regardless of the circumstances, doing what's best for the sport.



What is one of your greatest memories from the Olympic Games?
Being in a shopping center when the Brazil soccer team won the gold medal. The whole shopping center was going crazy cheering. It was really special.

How did you come to participate in your chosen sport? How old were you?
I was 8 years old and I had tried swimming, dancing, tennis and even a bit of golf and my parents suggested that because I was tall and hadn't tried a team sport, to give basketball a go. And I loved it!

What is the importance of sport for you in your life?
Sport is a great way to socialise and have fun whilst keeping fit and healthy. It brings people from all walks of life together. It is also a great stress release to get your mind off other aspects of life.


If you would like Marianna or any of our education ambassadors to visit your school, click the button below: