Bassett basks in 175-game milestone

Sunshine Coast Lightning player Caitlin Bassett is set to celebrate her 175th national league game this weekend when Lightning takes on Queensland Firebirds at USC Stadium on Sunday, 1 July.

Bassett, a dual world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, said she was looking forward to marking the milestone alongside her Lightning teammates.

“It would be the icing on the cake if we were to win the Firebirds match over the weekend,” Bassett said.

“There are still so many things I hope to achieve throughout my netball career.

“To captain the Australian team to a world cup victory would be amazing and I’d love to win another premiership with Sunshine Coast Lightning. The challenge of back-to-back wins really motivates me.”

Bassett said it was challenging to pinpoint just one career highlight after more than a decade spent playing at an elite level.

“The Netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games wins were definitely defining moments for me and it was incredible to win my first domestic league premiership with Lightning.

“The friendships I’ve made along the way have also been incredibly important and I’ve really enjoyed seeing my teammates mark milestones off the court like getting married and having children.”

Bassett said she had first dreamt of becoming an elite athlete when she was a teenager.

“I started out horse-riding and it was only at the age of 11 that I started playing netball at school.

“It was fun and social and when I made my first state school team at 14 I recognised the draw of pursuing netball as a career.

“I learnt quite early on not to compare myself to other athletes. I think everyone develops at a different rate and being very tall, I found basic skills that came very easily to others took a long time for me to master.”

Bassett said she relished living on the Sunshine Coast, with the coastal lifestyle having attracted her to the region.

“Between training sessions, sports massage and physio appointments, my schedule is incredibly busy so it’s great to be able to spend some downtime in such a beautiful part of the world and take my dogs for a walk along the beach.

“Prior to moving to the Sunshine Coast, I’d played my entire career in Perth so the east coast was a welcome change of scenery.

“I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and the opportunity to work with Noeline Taurua and such a talented array of players was too good to pass up.”

Having scored 589 goals at an impressive 94 per cent shooting rate, Bassett established herself as the Suncorp Super Netball competition’s most accurate shooter in 2017.

She will mark her 175th game this weekend at USC Stadium when Lightning goes head-to-head with Queensland Firebirds in Round 9 of Suncorp Super Netball. The sold-out match will be broadcast live on the Nine Network and the Netball Live App from 1pm on Sunday.

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