Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 7, 2020 at 2:10 pmPost count: 14661
By Jenny Sinclair
In a netball styled version of Alice in Wonderland, Caitlin Thwaites fell down a rabbit hole this year to an altered reality. She faced a global pandemic, quarantine, hub life, the condensed season, changing personal circumstances and the strenuous move out to goal attack. None of them fazed one of netball’s most enduring and beloved characters.
Thwaites said, “I’ve absolutely loved playing this year, and feel like I’ve had a big smile on my face whenever I’m out on court. “The enjoyment factor is part of why you play well, and you’re enjoying it if you’re playing well, so it’s a bit of a cycle. But my priorities have shifted a bit, and so it’s time to step away from netball for a while.”
Realising that she needed a change, Thwaites announced that she’d retire at the end of the 2020 season.
Simon LeonardJRParticipantOctober 7, 2020 at 5:56 pmPost count: 1358
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Loved that photo, the only two faces showing are Caitlin and Tegan’s. And the photo of Laura and Karla giving Caitlin and Tegan the bouquets of flowers is so memorable; I loved watching that scene last Saturday.
Thanks again for another wonderful article Jenny.AllieCParticipantOctober 8, 2020 at 7:59 amPost count: 119
Amazing article. I feel sad that she is retiring but also happy that she is going out on her terms. As much as so many people say “why are they retiring” of athletes they just don’t realise the huge toll it takes on the body, worklife, family, relationships etc.Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 8, 2020 at 8:20 amPost count: 14661
What’s that saying? Better to go early and have people asking why you’re retiring than stay a bit too long and have them asking why you’re NOT retiring.snowyParticipantOctober 8, 2020 at 9:36 amPost count: 58
Great article Jenny. I have loved watching Caity from the start as a baby faced Kestrel then at Vixens. Was really sad to see her leave Vixens. That memorable photo of Sharelle jumping in to Caity’s arms when they won the grand final I’m so glad that she chose to come back to Vixens to finish her career – then again maybe I should be thanking Magpies for dumping their MVP.
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