Caitlin Thwaites

Australian Diamonds Goal Shooter

Stats

DOB

29/12/1986

Hometown

Bendigo, Victoria

Positions

Goal Shooter

Career Highlights

  • Commonwealth Games GOLD: 2014
  • Commonwealth Games SILVER: 2018
  • ANZ Championship Premiership (Vixens): 2009
  • Member of the Diamonds’ World Cup winning squad: 2015
  • Magpies Netball Vice-Captain: 2018
  • Magpies Netball Best and Fairest: 2017
  • Magpies Netball Players’ Player: 2017
  • NSW Swifts MVP: 2015
  • Central Pulse MVP: 2011

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One of the longest-serving Australian Diamond (still competing), Caitlin is an extraordinary athlete having represented Australia in both volleyball & netball.

Having competed professionally for over 11 years in netball, Caitlin is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world champion.

Caitlin began her netball career being recruited from Girton Grammar at the age of 16 for the Melbourne Kestrels before the ANZ Championship was founded in 2008, signing for the Melbourne Vixens until 2010. Caitlin was a part of the Vixen’s 2009 premiership side which defeated the Adelaide Thunderbirds before she joined New Zealand based team Central Pulse in 2011. In her first season with the Pulse, Caitlin demonstrated her ability winning the team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

In 2012, Caitlin made her international debut for Australia against South Africa in the Quad Series where she shot an incredible 100 per cent accuracy for her 23 goals. Her career raised to new heights after achieving international success. In 2014, Caitlin was a part of the Commonwealth Games gold medal winning team and was a member of the Australian Diamonds’ World Cup winning squad in 2015. Caitlin returned to play netball in Australia in 2014 for the New South Wales Swifts and was awarded the club’s MVP award in 2015.

In the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball competition in 2017, Caitlin began playing for the Collingwood Magpies where she won the league’s leading goal scorer award having a career-best season. Caitlin scored an incredible 594 goals in the regular season and deservedly awarded the Magpies’ Best and Fairest Award and the Magpies’ Players’ Player Award for her spectacular efforts throughout the season. Her experience in the game led to her being named the vice-captain for the Magpies in 2018 before she left to re-join the Melbourne Vixens for the 2019 season.

A strong reliable target under the post, Caitlin is a versatile goaler in the goal circle, playing a holding role as well as being able to shoot from the edges of the circle. Caitlin demonstrated this at the 2019 World Cup where she helped Australia to a silver medal.

An accomplished netball player who shows nothing but class on and off the court, Caitlin has been able to assist many in sharing her story as she overcame her own battle with mental health. Caitlin’s ability to connect and educate people is second to none and her caring nature has enabled her to really connect with the community.

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