Sunshine Coast Lightning
Caitlin Bassett is the current captain of the Australian Women’s Netball side, the Diamonds. Bassett first enteredthe Diamond’ssquad in 2008 and has since scored over 2000 goals for the side. Caitlin has an unbelievable 90% accuracy when shooting for goal, scoring 2038 of her attempted 2268 shots.
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 tobecoming 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 statesideat age 14 and was recruited to the Perth Orioles two years later as a 16-year-old schoolgirl.
2008 was a breakout year for Bassett 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 Bassett as she was selected to play in the World Cup Youth team. In 2011, Bassett 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 Bassett an opportunity that she seized immediately. After establishing herself in the Diamonds, Bassett 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, Bassett 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 recognized 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 in front of her new home state of QLD where she captained the Diamonds to a hard fought Grand Final against the England Roses in an after the buzzer one goalloss.
Outside of netball Caitlin is a die-hardcoffee fan and a self-proclaimed crazy animal lover. She is studying Broadcast and Journalism and hopes to one day be involved in sports media.