It seems like yesterday that a 23-year-old Caitlin Bassett captured our hearts, and attention at the 2011 Netball World Cup, scoring the winning goal to secure the Diamonds’ 10th title.
She may still be the cool, calm and collected tall timber in the shooting circle, but heading into the 2017 International Series she finds herself in an unfamiliar position.
With 66 Test Caps to her name, Bassett becomes the most experienced Diamonds squad member in the 2017/18 squad, and 15th most capped of all time.
What does Bassett think of her seniority?
“It’s a surprise,” she said.
“Time has flown to be honest. It’s an honour and it’s exciting to still love netball this far into my career.”
Bassett says she has developed a lot since her first hit out and exposure to the Diamonds environment.
Other than her experience in caps, the goal shooter is also the 24th Australian netball captain.
She explained she has continued to grow and learn since her debut in the green and gold alongside former captain Laura Geitz in 2008.
“I learn from every outing I have,” Bassett admitted.
“It’s fantastic to be in an environment where you are constantly challenged. That’s what Lisa wants to do, make us feel comfortable with the uncomfortable.
“It is a great environment to be challenged and to grow, and I have definitely done a lot of growing.”
Bassett said the process for preparing for her second Commonwealth Games is not as daunting as Glasgow 2014.
“It has definitely come around very quickly,” she said.
“Last Commonwealth Games was my first, so everything was a bit overwhelming and very exciting.
“Having a Comm Games in your own country is massive and I’m really excited about the fans who are going to come out and support us.”
You can watch Bassett and the Samsung Diamonds throughout the Netball Quad Series live on the Nine Network and the Netball Live mobile app. Learn more.