Wellness Hub October 2016 Know Your Diamonds: Liz Watson Ashleigh Austen October 9, 2016 Share Rising through the ranks isn’t easy but Diamonds player Liz Watson takes it in her stride. The upbeat mid-courter has owned her speedy rise since being a last-minute inclusion to the Melbourne Vixens squad on the eve of the 2014 ANZ Championship season. Watson earned a call-up to the Australian squad mid-way through her debut year and capped off the season with a spot on the Vixens’ title-winning team, cementing herself an integral part of their starting seven. Sporting family It’s little wonder she has reached such triumphs, with a stable of star athletic family members. Watson’s uncle Steven Alessio was a 200 gamer for Essendon Football Club, her uncle Anthony Alessio a six times State representative in the Victorian Football League and her brother, Matt, played for the Carlton Football Club. Watson earned selection in her first Australian team for the tour of England in January earlier this year. Her cool head helped steer Australia to a win in London. “Whether my role is out on court or on the bench or whatever it is, I just want to thrive on the fact that I’m representing my country,” Watson told the Herald Sun. Never far from the court, Watson shares her passion providing a range of netball services to encourage and inspire girls of all ages through ﬁtness. Off-court interests Studying to be a teacher on top of her netball commitments, Watson lends her time to charity – concerned with how the lack of water, toilets and hygiene can curtail girls’ education and how access to these vital services can create the opportunity for people to take the first steps out of poverty. “Sport is a vehicle that encourages self-esteem and leadership, while water, sanitation and hygiene are vital to improving health, reducing poverty and ensuring girls stay in school,” Watson said. And her personal motto? “Never let the fear of you striking out, keep you from playing the game.” Now that’s something we can get on board with.