Caitlin Bassett is the current captain of the Australian Women’s Netball side, the Diamonds. Bassett first entered the Diamond’s squad in 2008 and has since scored over 2000 goals for the side with an unbelievable 90% accuracy when shooting for goal.
Caitlin first played netball at the relatively late age of 11. Since beginning in the sport, she has since dominated the scene. Playing through several representative teams as a youth, Bassett was best known for her work at both ends of the court. However, her transition to be coming arguably the best GS in the game came from a state identification camp when she was asked to pick which end of the court she was to play. Following this, Caitlin was selected for her first state side at age 14 and was recruited to the Perth Orioles two years later as a 16-year-old schoolgirl.
2008 was a breakout year for Caitlin as she not only was an automatic selection for the West Coast Fever yet she was called upon for the Diamonds’ appearance against England. 2009 saw further success for Caitlin as she was selected to play in the World Cup Youth team. In 2011, Caitlin finished the year in the ANZ Championship as the leading goal shooter, which helped her establish a prominent role in the Diamonds’ squad. Despite being a key role in the squad, Caitlin mainly played as a substitute, however, was edging closer to the starting-seven. That year during the World Championships, Caitlin played in the side as a ‘super-sub’ and amazingly scored the winning goal in the last second of the final to win her side the gold medal. 2013 saw the withdrawal of Cox from the Diamonds starting seven, providing Caitlin an opportunity that she seized immediately. After establishing herself in the Diamonds, Caitlin played a remarkable tournament during the 2014 Commonwealth Games that helped contribute to the side’s gold medal. Her stellar form in 2014 resulted in being short-listed for the Liz Ellis Diamond award.
2015 however, was the year of Caitlin Bassett. Along with the Diamonds, Caitlin won her second World Championship and in the tournaments wake, was awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond Player of the Year. However, perhaps Caitlin’s greatest career accolade was being recognised as the World’s Best Netballer in 2015.
In 2017 Caitlin moved from Perth to the Sunshine Coast to play for the newly formed Lightning as part of the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball league where she led the team to Premiership winning season. She competed at her 2nd Commonwealth Games in 2018 where she captained the Diamonds to a hard fought loss in the Grand Final against the England Roses. Caitlin also had some terrific success with the Sunshine Coast Lighting in 2018 winning the clubs second premiership in the newly formed competition and was awarded the Grand Final MVP award.
At the beginning of 2019, Caitlin moved to the GIANTS on a three year deal where the team just narrowly missed out on finals by percentage. She also captained the Diamonds in the 2019 World Cup and was instrumental to Australia’s silver medal after just losing in the final to New Zealand. Caitlin is excited for the upcoming 2020 season with the GIANTS as they look to challenge for their first ever premiership and build on the 2019 season.
Outside of netball Caitlin is a die-hard coffee fan and a self-proclaimed crazy animal lover. Caitlin is close finishing her Broadcast and Journalism degree, whilst also building her media credentials with regular panel roles on Channel 9 and Fox Sports.