We spoke to Caitlin Bassett who plays for The Diamonds - the Australian national netball team! The Diamonds are up for a nomination for Best Sports Team at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards!
TG: Caitlin, you recently won the Liz Ellis Diamond of netballer of the year! Congrats! How did you get started as a professional netballer?
C: I started playing netball at school when I was 11. The first club I played for was Illawarra Sparks – we played on Saturdays.
My first real taste of competitive netball was when I represented my school at the State Schoolgirls Netball Championship in Brisbane. State Schoolgirls was the first year I got to play against people from other states. I remember being really excited. I loved being part of the team and travelling with the team. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be a professional netballer and get paid to play the sport I loved.
TG: Tell us what your day’s are normally like as a pro?
6.30am – Wake up to go to training
8am-10am - Training with West Coast Fever. I get there early to strap my ankles and put up practice shots.
11.30am-2.30pm – I’ll go to class at uni
3-4pm – Snack at home. I usually play with my puppy Chino or bunnies Lemoncurd, Espresso, Cupcake and Crumpet.
4.30-6pm – Back to training. This time it’s weights in the gym.
7.30pm-9pm – Home for dinner and to spend time with my boyfriend, then it’s an early night to do it all again the next day.
TG: How does your team (The Diamonds) prepare for a match?
C: On game day we try to sleep in. We get up about 8am and have breakfast as a team. In the morning we’ll go down to the venue and the shooters will put some practice shooting and mid-courters and defenders pass a ball around. It’s a chance for us to familiarise ourselves with the venue and get rid of any nerves.
We go back to the hotel and have an early lunch as a team, and then it’s time for feet up and a nap. After we’ve rested, we’ll go for a walk and a coffee.
A few hours before the game, we’ll start to get ready and put on our green and gold. We have a team meeting then go straight to the game.
TG: If you could slime any celebrity who would it be?
C: Either Kylie or Kendall Jenner!
TG: What would it mean to you to win a Kid’s Choice Award?
C: To be recognised by our fans would be something special. We are up against some incredible sports teams, so to win a Kids’ Choice Award would be really awesome.
Who would you be star struck by if you went to the awards show?
Don't forget to tune into the Kids Choice Awards LIVE this Sunday March 13 at 11am!
C: Justin Bieber!