Know Your Diamonds: Caitlin Bassett

Swisse
August 31, 2016

Caitlin Bassett knows a thing or two about setting ambitious goals – then making them happen.

Making her international debut alongside captain Laura Geitz in 2008, she had her moment at the 2011 Netball World Cup when she scored the winning goal in the last second of extra-time.

The West Australian can reflect on 2015 as being nothing short of career defining, taking out the Liz Ellis Diamond and becoming the first shooter to win netball’s prestigious individual accolade.

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Shooting goals

Not content with the top gong, Bassett reinforced her standing as one of the world’s premier goal shooters with her 50th international appearance during Australia’s triumphant 2015 Netball World Cup campaign, finishing the tournament with 225 goals at 92 per cent accuracy. Boom!

Making impressions season after season, she’s the first Australian to score 600 goals in an ANZ Championship season and spearheaded the Fever’s first ever finals appearance.

 

Perth girl

“I’ve had many opportunities to move over the years but staying in Perth is my way of giving back to the coaches who worked really hard on me when I was young,” she told the ABC.

Along with reaching the 100-game milestone in the ANZ Championship, Bassett earned her first selection in the 2015 ANZ Championship Foxtel All-Star Team as goal shooter.

 

Courts and cupcakes

Off court, the journalism student maintains a healthy attitude towards food and a well-known affection for cupcakes. Just read the About Me on her website: “Being a student I never had much money to shop away on tour. So it became a challenge to find the best cupcakes in town. It’s just something fun and keeps me distracted from thinking too much about the game.”

Where to next? Bassett has her eye fixed firmly on the prize coming into the 2016 season.

“From here on I want really solid and consistent performances; to be able to match up on any defender and take it to them. I have to keep developing because there are so many good defenders around, who will keep challenging me,” she says on caitlinbassett.com.au.

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