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Bianca Chatfield was today announced as the sole captain of the Melbourne Vixens
for the 2012 season.
Vixens Head Coach Julie Hoornweg named the 29 year old defender as leader of the
Vixens leading into the ANZ Championship season commencing on April 1st.
Hoornweg said Chatfield is a natural leader on and off the court who "inspires the
team to always give 100%".
"Bianca leads by example in the effort that she puts in, the intensity in which she
plays and her invaluable skills and experience. Off court, she is friendly, relaxed and
can easily relate to people. However when it's time for training or a game, it's all
about the work- there's no second best,
She has been a leading force in guiding the team for many years and this season will
be no different," Hoornweg said.
After sharing the co-captaincy role with Sharelle McMahon for three years, Chatfield
will now take on the responsibility of sole captain this season. McMahon recently
announced her pregnancy and withdrawal from the 2012 ANZ Championship season.
Madison Browne and Chelsey Tregear were named vice-captains - the first time
the Melbourne Vixens have appointed vice-captains in their leadership group.
Hoornweg said that Browne and Tregear are both well-respected by their peers
and will add a new dynamic to the leadership group.
Leadership roles were selected based on votes from players and support staff.
The forty two capped Chatfield said she sees her captaincy role as "an opportunity,
a challenge and a privilege".
"Although I have been a co-captain before, it will be completely different on my own.
I see it as an enormous opportunity to review how we've done things in the past and
perhaps take a fresh approach going forward with the support of Madi and Chelsey,
I think it's important to empower the girls both on and off the court. I might have the
title, but in a successful team everyone needs to have a voice and feel involved in
every decision,"Chatfield said.
The Melbourne Vixens will travel to Tauranga, New Zealand to play in the preseason
tournament for the 2012 ANZ Championship from 2nd-4th March.