Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chelsea Pitman is returning to West Coast Fever as a member of the club’s extended squad for the 2022 Super Netball (SSN) season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Pitman said she was excited to return to an SSN squad and looking forward to joining Fever at the Team Girls Cup pre-season competition.
“My love, passion and drive to play at the highest level is still there so when I was given this opportunity, I jumped at it,” she said.
“I’m focused on doing what it takes to keep playing at SSN level. No matter who you are, you’re never too big to start again and keep reaching for your goals.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
The 33-year-old, who linked up with the Vitality Roses as a training partner during the recent Netball Quad Series, previously played for West Coast Fever in 2014 and will add valuable experience to the club’s extended squad in 2022.
She was co-captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2019 and 2020 and has also played professionally in England and New Zealand as a dynamic wing attack and goal attack.
West Coast Fever coach Dan Ryan welcomed Pitman to the squad and said her career achievements highlighted her ability to adapt and perform at the elite level.
“To have an athlete of Chelsea’s calibre entering our training environment and being available to step up as required adds a lot of depth to our squad, which will be really important this season with the likelihood we’ll need to call on all 14 players at certain times,” Ryan said.
“Chelsea was involved with the [Vitality] Roses program during last month’s Quad Series so is ready to get straight to work at West Coast Fever and we are thrilled to have her on board.”