The under 14 girls team from Lapstone Glenbrook Netball Club had the surprise of their lives when Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett turned up to a training session on October 10.
The team had met up at Lapstone netball courts post-season under the guise of collecting their club awards and having a friendly game with another team, when in reality one of the parents had organised for Ms Bassett to run a training session and talk to them about resilience.
"The girls were blown away when they saw her get out of her car and walk towards them. For many of the girls she is their idol," said team manager Melissa Perisce.
The Diamonds captain ran the girls through some passing games and trust drills. They all then sat in a circle together where she talked to them about resilience and the fact that you "win or you learn". There was also the opportunity to reflect on the season and ask questions of their idol.
Ms Bassett also gave each member of the team a netball and signed piece of clothing from her Australian collection that she wore while playing for Australia.
The netballers described the Diamonds captain as inspirational and a great role model, providing them with a day they will never forget.