Madi Robinson has written her name into the history books by becoming just the third captain of the Melbourne Vixens since their inception in 2008.
The 2016 season will be the first time in the ANZ Championship’s history that the Vixens are not led by either Sharelle McMahon or Bianca Chatfield.
McMahon and Chatfield acted as co-captains from 2008 to 2011, before Chatfield took the reigns as solo captain following McMahon’s retirement in 2011, until her own retirement in 2015.
Robinson, who has served as vice-captain for the past four years, said she was honoured to be recognised in the same group as her predecessors.
“It is a huge honour, (Chatfield and McMahon) are illustrious captains and players in their own right, and I have learnt a lot playing and leading alongside Bianca,” Robinson said.
“I’m sure I’ll take some of those experiences into it, but hopefully just own the position and be true to myself in this role as well.”
This is not the first time Robinson has taken on captain’s responsibilities with Simone McKinnis at the helm.
“I think our relationship has definitely grown since then, we have a really good understanding of each other so I’m looking forward to it.”
Robinson, who has 44 international caps to her name, missed the majority of 2015 including the Netball World Cup, after injuring her ACL in round 6 of the ANZ Championship.
She said her time on the sidelines allowed her to develop personally, as well as shape her leadership skills from a different viewpoint.
“Stepping out of the whole netball bubble and taking some time away, you do see things from a different perspective,” Robinson said.
“It’s sometimes those forced breaks that can be hard but if you can learn from those experiences I think that’s some of the most quality learning that you can actually do.”
Robinson is set to make her long-awaited return to the court in the upcoming ANZ Championship season which begins on April 1.
“Round 1 I’m on track and ready to go.
“I’m pretty much doing everything at training, just no contesting at the moment but that will gradually build as we start to play some practice matches in the coming weeks.”
All eyes will be on the two-time Liz Ellis Diamond winner when she returns to the court.