Incredible basketball talent gives Aurora Sørbye a lot of opportunities

Gepubliceerd op 20 juni 2024 om 09:00

With a lot of talent, dedication, and a big passion for the game, Aurora Sørbye has become one of the leading figures in Norwegian sports. Her basketball career, marked by amazing milestones and impressive achievements, not only highlights her potential to reach new heights, but also serves a lot of inspiration for athletes all over Norway. Aurora prepares us to know what it is to play basketball in the United States. Photo: FIBA Europe

The beginning of playing basketball

Aurora has already made significant strides in her sport. Her journey began early, deeply influenced by her older sister. "I started because my sister played basketball. We’re two years apart, and she started playing when she was around six. I would go to her practices, and soon I found myself running around and playing on the sidelines," Aurora recalls. "By the time I was ten years old, I knew basketball was the sport I wanted to pursue. My sister is more of a forward, bigger and focused on rebounding and setting screens. I handle the ball, set up plays, and am more involved in the guard positions. We actually play on the same team now, and we’ve also played together on the national team."

From these early experiences, Aurora’s passion for basketball blossomed, leading her to participate in numerous sports before committing fully to basketball. "I've always done a lot of sports and been very active. But basketball was the sport I chose and the one I love the most," she adds.

Playing as a team

Her love for basketball is driven by its team dynamics. That’s what you can see from the smile of her face. "Basketball is my biggest passion because it’s a team sport. You share the ball, the joy of the game, and face different situations and many challenges. There’s always something new to do, whether it's passing, dribbling, or shooting."

Overcoming early challenges

Aurora’s early experiences on the court has always been quite challenging. "Playing with the boys since I was little was a bit scary at first, but always fun to do. I love challenging myself and trying out new things, which has been crucial to my development," she explains. "I started practicing with the highest league team in Norway at 13 and played my first game at 14. Competing against older and better players helped me improve significantly."

These challenges have shaped her into the player she is today. "Every practice was a challenge and it was so hard, but playing against people who are better and older than you are what I think is the most important thing. It has always been fun to challenge myself and improve every aspect of my game."

Photo: FIBA Europe

Unforgettable moments

Aurora’s dedication and hard work have paid off, which can be seen in her impressive stats and achievements. "Last year was probably the most fun part with Ulriken Eagles, because we won everything. We had a record of 24-1 and took the championship. It’s been an amazing season with a great team," she shares.

Reflecting on her time with the team, Aurora highlights the camaraderie and success they have shared. "We’ve built this team for many years with different players. Even though some went to the US and came back, they still wanted to compete and build a strong team. Young players are rising up and trying to reach the high level we want to be."

Playing for the national youth team of Norway

Aurora’s talents have not gone unnoticed, earning her a spot on the Norwegian national teams at various age levels. "Playing for the national team means a lot. It’s an honor to represent my country, and it’s been a great experience competing against some of the best players in the world. It’s helped me gauge my level and gain valuable experience," she says. "Having my country’s flag on my jersey motivates me to give my best. I’ve played with the under 16, under 18, and under 20 national teams, and it’s been an incredible experience. Competing against top players globally is almost like a dream."

Advice for young talented players

Aurora’s career offers valuable lessons for aspiring basketball players. "I think the most important thing is to work hard and give 100% in each practice, game, and possession. If you want to get better, you have to work hard and be dedicated," she advises.

Looking ahead, Aurora is excited about new challenges on the horizon. Everything is possible, that is what she made happened recently: "I’m going to Wake Forest next season, which competes in one of the most competitive conferences, the ACC. It will be a different experience from playing in Europe, but I’m excited for the challenge and to continue growing as a player. I definitely plan to come back and play for Ulriken Eagles in the future."

The transition to college basketball in the US represents a significant step in her career. "Going to college and playing in the ACC is going to be the toughest challenge, but I’m excited. It’s a different style of basketball from Europe, and I want new challenges."

Aurora’s story is one of passion, hard work, and a love for the game that transcends boundaries. As she prepares to embark on her college basketball career, there is no doubt that her journey will inspire many young athletes in Norway, and beyond! Photo: FIBA Europe

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