Joyce Brown (9 test caps, Captain of the 1963 World Championship team, coach of the 1975, 1983 and 1991 World Championship teams)
Netball helps you discover yourself, encourages team awareness, fair play, discipline and responsibility. Good coaches can encourage you to have fun, learn new skills and join in. Sharing in a team helps us learn to care and support each other, for now and for life.
Laura Geitz (53 test caps, current captain of the Diamonds)
I will be forever grateful for what the game of netball has given me, lifelong friendships and experiences that one can only dream of, however underneath all of this, the wonderful game of netball allowed me to grow from a shy country girl into a young woman with self-belief, it has been one of the biggest positive influences in my life!
Anne Sargeant OAM (52 test caps, Captain of the 1987 World Championship team)
Sydney, New South Wales
Every day I am reminded how Netball has shaped my life and shaped me as a person. Life skills learned of working hard and extending yourself to be the best you can be, of accepting and learning from disappointments and of rejoicing and celebrating success. That there is no endpoint to success. That as well as remarkable athleticism there is also great integrity and passion. And the extraordinary women I have played with and against, or been coached by, have become my mentors, and teammates have become lifelong friends and my extended family.
Michelle den Dekker OAM: (84 test caps, Captain of the 1991 and 1995 World Championship teams)
Playing and coaching netball taught me the skills that I use every day in my life. The lifelong friendships, the spoils of victory and the disappointment of losing builds strength of character and resilience, so when the challenges of life test my courage and my willingness to change, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that I am not yet ready, the challenge will not wait, life does not look back, it is up to me to realise my destiny and legacy. Our choices shape who we become.
Kathryn Harby-Williams (94 test caps, Captain of the 2003 World Championship team)
Adelaide, South Australia
I owe so much to netball. Having lost my father at a young age it provided me with a sense of belonging - a second family. This was important not just for me but also my mother who needed to be sure I was safe, cared for and happy. Simultaneously, I was developing important life skills such as discipline, teamwork and leadership, and learning that you win some you lose some!! Netball...it's more than just a game.
Liz Ellis AM (122 test caps, Captain of the 2007 World Championship team)
Windsor, New South Wales
From a young age netball has been a huge part of my life, and it has had an enormous influence on the person I have grown to be. Its not the gold medals or the world championships that have done this. Rather it is the friendships I have made, the horizons that have opened up and the confidence that being part of a team brings. It is thinking of my body in terms of what it can do rather than how it looks, it is learning to win humbly and lose graciously, it is respecting myself and my opponent, it is being able to deal with pressure, it is understanding that leadership is a privilege. It is, quite simply, a way of life!
Margaret Caldow OAM BEM (27 test caps, Captain of the 1975 World Championship team)
Netball has given me a wonderful life – I have been fortunate to play at the highest level and represent my country; I have coached at the highest level; travelled Australia and the world representing my State and Country but most important of all I have passed on my expertise and knowledge to up and coming players/coaches and have made life long friends from playing this great game of netball.
Natalie von Bertouch (76 test caps, Captain of the 2011 World Championship team)
Adelaide, South Australia
I believe that Netball has had a huge influence on shaping me into the person that I am today. Over the years I learnt many lessons, some were certainly tough lessons, but all were important to learn. Personal traits such as teamwork, friendship, leadership, trust, resilience and mental toughness are the outcomes of the lessons I have learnt and I feel proud that I have been able to take these traits and apply them in all aspects of my life.
Vicki Wilson OAM (104 test caps, Captain of the 1999 World Championship team)
I had so much fun playing netball and I made so many lifelong friends. Netball opened my eyes to the world of travel and gave me the confidence to believe I could achieve anything.
Gaye Teede (17 test caps, Captain of the 1971 World Championship team)
Midland, Western Australia
Netball taught me many life lessons, the resilience of coping with disappointment and channelling disappointment into a drive to do better next time around. For me one of the charms of Netball was that it offered a shared experience. I enjoyed the team journey and the camaraderie that developed along the way. You were never on your own, but constantly striving towards building bonds in search of the magic for on court success. When the final whistle sounded these bonds were what you took away.
Julie Francou (32 test caps, Captain of the 1983 World Championship team)
Growing up in the country, sport and netball in particular became the passions in my life. Personal fitness, team success, friendships, overcoming adversity, travel and the associated memories have framed my entire life. I still miss the challenge and exhilaration of playing and competing, but grateful for having had the opportunity.