Watson relishes learning from the best

1 year ago

Chloe Watson flourished in her first season of regular court time.

Taking the court in every match of the 2017 season, Watson solidified her position of Wing Defence in the team.

“In your first consistent year on court I think you learn a lot about yourself as a player and what it takes to get through a season,” Watson said.

“It was a rollercoaster but in the best way.”

Watson has one of the best mentors to help her craft her position, with Vixens Head Coach, Simone McKinnis, one of best Wing Defenders to ever play the game.

McKinnis played 63 matches for Australia, and was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia and inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame.

Watson said it is tough learning from one of the game greats, but also feels privileged to be able to learn under McKinnis.

“Simone was the best to ever wear the WD bib and she knows what it takes to be great at it,” said Watson.

“She loves taking me for a one-on-one at training, pushes me hard and expects a lot from me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“I’m really grateful that she sets high standards and I am very lucky to be able to learn from her.”

Watson capped off her season with the Excellence in Sport & Life Award at the Sharelle McMahon Medal.

Watson, who studies Law at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), balances full-time study and netball.

“Balance is honestly the hardest thing to get right,” said Watson.

“Sometimes my life needs me to prioritise netball, sometimes it’s uni and sometimes it’s neither.

“The biggest challenge I’ve found over the past five years of my degree, and particularly the last three years with the Vixens as well, has been identifying my highest priority at a particular time.”

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SEASON STATS

Minutes played: 883/976

Gains: 18

Pick-Ups: 24

Deflections: 17

Intercepts: 14

Centre Pass Receives: 85

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  • Melbourne Vixens Excellence in Sport & Life Award

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