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Caitlin Bassett is the current captain of Australia's national netball team, the Diamonds. Starting netball at the age of 11, Caitlin has dominated the netball scene and is widely regarded as a competitive player as well as a great leader and friend.
Bassett first entered the Diamond’s squad in 2008 and has since scored over 2000 goals for the side. Caitlin has an unbelievable 90% accuracy when shooting for goal, scoring 2038 of her attempted 2268 shots.
Bassett is a passionate leader and is always looking to learn when it comes to leading her team. In her words "I don’t pretend to be perfect but instead focus on being genuine, and that is what I continually come back to when the pressure is on – being an open and real leader."
Bassett has experience media, currently finishing her Communications degree majoring in Broadcast & Journalism. She is well spoken and passionate about topics such as leadership & women in sport.
- Member of the Australian Diamonds since 2008
- Current captain of the Australian Diamonds
- 2018 Commonwealth Games - SILVER
- 2017 Suncorp Super Netball Premiership - Sunshine Coast Lightning
- 2016 Career High 55 Goals V New Zealand
- 2015 World's Best Super Netballer
- 2015 Liz Ellis Diamond of the Year
- 2015 International Super Netballer of the Year
- 2015 World Championships - GOLD
- 2014 Commonwealth Games - GOLD
- 2011 World Championships - GOLD
- Die-hard coffee fan
- Self-proclaimed crazy animal lover
- Caitlin is close finishing her Broadcast and Journalism degree, whilst also building her media credentials with regular panel roles on Channel 9 and Fox Sports.
2008 was a breakout year for Bassett as she was not only an automatic selection for the West Coast Fever, she was called upon for the Diamonds’ against England. 2009 saw further success for Bassett as she was selected to play in the World Cup Youth team.
In 2011, Bassett finished the year in the ANZ Championship as the leading goal shooter, which helped her establish a prominent role in the Diamonds’ squad. Despite being a key role in the squad, Caitlin mainly played as a substitute, however, was edging closer to the starting-seven. That year during the World Championships, Caitlin played in the side as a ‘super-sub’ and amazingly scored the winning goal in the last second of the final to win her side the gold medal.
The beginning of the 2013 season saw the withdrawal of Catherine Cox from the Diamonds providing Bassett an opportunity that she seized immediately. After establishing herself in the Diamonds, Bassett played a remarkable tournament during the 2014 Commonwealth Games that helped contribute to the side’s gold medal. Her stellar form in 2014 resulted in being short-listed for the Liz Ellis Diamond award.
However, 2015 was the year of Caitlin Bassett. Along with the Diamonds, Bassett won her second World Championship and in the tournament's wake, was awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond Player of the Year. However, perhaps Caitlin’s greatest career accolade was being recognised as the World’s Best Netballer in 2015.
In 2017 Caitlin moved from Perth to the Sunshine Coast to play for the newly formed Lightning as part of the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball league where she led the team to the Premiership.
She competed at her 2nd Commonwealth Games in 2018 in front of her new home state of Queensland where she captained the Diamonds to a hard fought Grand Final against the England Roses, which the Aussies lost in a heartbreaking after-buzzer thriller. In 2018 it was further announced that Caitlin had been signed to the Sydney Giants.
At the beginning of 2019, Caitlin moved to the GIANTS on a three year deal where the team just narrowly missed out on finals by percentage. She also captained the Diamonds in the 2019 World Cup and was instrumental to Australia’s silver medal after just losing in the final to New Zealand. Caitlin is excited for the upcoming 2020 season with the GIANTS as they look to challenge for their first ever premiership and build on the 2019 season.
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