Author(s): Jenny Sinclair; Megan Maurice
A frank and revealing behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be an international netball star, covering everything from drug testing and salaries to motherhood, infertility, team politics, mental stress and pressure.
The Australian Netball Diamonds are the best-known and most successful of Australia's high profile women's sports teams. They are attracting unprecedented interest from spectators and corporations alike thanks to their enviable reputations and marketability.
While netball has always had a large grass roots participation rate, over the last ten years the sport has grown exponentially.The recent Netball World Cup in Sydney 2015 saw world record crowds over the three competition days. Media coverage was at an unprecedented level for the sport. Enter Shine: The Making of the Australian Netball Diamonds. Written by Jenny Sinclair and Megan Maurice, two respected journalists who specialise in netball coverage, Shine covers the four-year cycle leading up to the 2015 World Cup. The authors delve behind the scenes to give readers an unprecedented glimpse into the elite training environment and work involved in taking a team to a World Cup win. Never-before discussed issues to be revealed.Shine includes interviews with players, coaches, physiotherapists and nutritionists. Personal stories reveal just how tough life can be for elite athletes who must juggle family life, work, studies, regular training and travel. For example, for captain Liz Ellis talks about how netballers must supplement their income with jobs outside their sport unlike most other sponsored athletes.
Player profiles include: Caitlin Basset, Natalie Medhurst, Kim Green, Kim Ravailion, Renae Hallinan, Bec Bulley, Liz Ellis, Madison Robinson, Cath Cox, Bianca Chatfield, Sharelle McMahon, Natalie von Bertouch. Support team profiles include: Alanna Antcliff (head physio), Julie Richardson (team manager), Lisa Alexander (head coach), Kerry Leech (performance dietician), Michelle den Deker (assistant coach), Marg Caldow (assistant coach), Angie Bain (wellbeing manager) and Bernd Adolph (massage therapist).