Basketball coach Carrie Graf, and her partner Camille Chicheportiche, welcomed twins Charli and Bentley on June 21. Charli was born first, weighing 2.8 kg, and her brother Bentley followed just two minutes later, weighing 2.7 kg. Charli and Bentley were conceived with the help of IVF, using an international sperm donor who is open to revealing his identity to the twins if they want that. The twins both have Chicheportiche as their middle name, since a hyphenated surname seemed too unwieldy.
Carrie began her basketball career at the age of 15, and competed in the Women’s National Basketball League from 1983-89 before studying to become a coach. She has coached women’s basketball for over 20 years, and was named WNBL Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. She holds the most records for coaching wins, with more than 200 under her belt. She has coached the Sydney Flames and the Canberra Capitals; she coached the latter during their 2008/2009 season when they won the WNBL Championship. Carrie was the first Australian to be named a head coach in the American WNBA, coaching the Phoenix Mercury. She has also coached the national women’s basketball team, taking them to medal wins at two Summer Olympics, winning the FIBA Oceania Championship, and the World University Games. Carrie won High Performance Coach of the Year and Young Coach of the Year in 1996, was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to basketball in 2000, and was named a life member of the WNBL in 2006. She was Sportsperson of the Year in 2008.
Camille, who carried the twins, is on maternity leave from the Australian Federal Police. She and Carrie have been together for seven years after being introduced by mutual friends, and wear rings as a sign of their committment. The couple live in the ACT where same-sex marriage is about to be legalised, but even if the legislation gets through, they have no immediate plans to marry.
(Picture shows Carrie and Camille with the twins – Carrie is on the right holding Charli in pink; photo from the Sydney Morning Herald).