Netball's golden girls prove anything is possible

ON TARGET: Caitlin Thwaites shoots for goal at the Commonwealth Games.

ON TARGET: Caitlin Thwaites shoots for goal at the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games gold-medal netballers Caitlin Thwaites and Julie Corletto have proven anything is possible regardless of where you come from. 

Bendigo's Thwaites and Kerang's Corletto were part of the Australian Diamonds team which won gold in Sunday night's final in Glasgow after defeating New Zealand 58-40.  

Bendigo Netball League board member Melissa Ryan said the players were an inspiration for the next generation of regional netballers. 

"I like to think these girls are an inspiration to other players and aspire them to achieve whatever they set their sights on. Whether they come from a regional area, to follow a pathway (and get to where Corletto and Thwaites are) is not impossible," she said.

"With the support of their families, it is possible."

Golden City Netball Association secretary Maree Dixon said Thwaites, who played at the association during her junior years, was a role model. 

"(Thwaites) would have to be (a role model) for all netballers," she said.

"I think the goal shooters would look up to her because she is a good goal shooter.

"And the fact that she has a Commonwealth Games gold medal now is very (inspiring)."

Girton Grammar School head of netball Carmel Hamilton said Thwaites, who is a former student of the school, had proved hard work pays off. 

"I think she has been terrific. Sometimes it is harder in the country and she is another example of someone who has really persevered," she said.  

"A gold medal is fantastic. I think Bendigo should appreciate the effort she puts in. It shows anything is possible."

The Australian Diamonds will play a Test match against England at Bendigo Stadium on October 19.

For more on the Australian Diamonds turn to page 32. 

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