As part of its sponsorship of Netball Australia, Origin is injecting some good energy into local netballing communities that have experienced recent hardship. Origin identified Broulee as one such community, so they decided to bring their program called 'Be An Origin Diamond For A Day' to the region this this week during Thursday's practice session sending former Australian Diamond Goal Attack/Goal Shooter Susan Pettitt (formerly Pratley) to surprise a group of local girls impacted by the bushfires and to take them through their paces in a modified and fun Diamonds training session. Among many achievements, Susan (below) was an instrumental part of the Diamond World Champs team in 2007. Susan grew up in Bega and started playing netball when she was 8 years old, beginning her representative netball career playing for Sapphire Coast from the age of 12.
After being identified at NSW state level Susan took up a netball scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and began playing at the elite level of Australian domestic netball.
Susan has reached the pinnacle in her sport and is currently recognised as one of the top goal shooters in Australia, having been a member of the Australian Diamonds from 2006-2018; including 1 World Championship and 3 Commonwealth Games. Retiring in 2018, with 71 Test Caps for Australia.
Susan has a passion and love for her sport and is passionate about giving back to the game that gave her so much, she does this via her SP Netball Clinics ,conducting clinics throughout NSW for the past 15 years.
The girls also had a video call with current Australian Diamonds player Keira Austin for a motivation session and Q&A (live from Netball Australia's Queensland 'bubble')
And as an added bonus for the surprise Origin announced that they will be providing some financial support for the club at the end of the session to support purchasing uniforms and registration fees.