Former BSA Netballer Kelsey Browne, has had the full athlete experience in 2019 realising the highs and lows of Sport.
This year saw her move clubsto the Collingwood Magpies joining sister Madi, after a stellar career with Sunshine Coast Lightning winning Suncorp Super Netball championships in 2017 & 2018.
This year has seen Kelsey continue her success with selection on the Australian Diamondsteam for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, United Kingdom. With 16 countries in contest for the World Cup, the Aussie Diamonds played Northern Ireland (88/24), Zimbabwe (73/37), Sri Lanka (99/24), Barbados (91/22), Malawi (74/25), and an adrenaline pumping win New Zealand by a single point (50/49). This win put them into the Semi-final against South Africa (55/53).
Kelsey had a very successful tournament, where she was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) on two different occasions out of the 8 games. Named in the starting 7 for the Grand Final, Kelsey and the team faced New Zealand, in what turned out to be a heartbreaking one-point loss. However, a Silver medal from the World Cup is another amazing achievement and outstanding performance that Kelsey can add to her list.
In a turn of events Kelsey has just been sidelined for an extended period with injury, rupturing her ACL. As with all athletes, injury is one of the biggest challenges and how we respond often defines the individual more than the injury itself. It is the way that Kelsey responded, that the BSA is very proud of. She immediately re-entered the arena after the initial treatment supporting her teammates. Naturally disappointed, she inspired her team with her selfless act. She put on a brave face and continues to be so very positive as she enters the recovery phase.
The BSA would like to acknowledge Kelsey, her parents Chris and Mark and her sister (champion netballer) Madi. This unit have displayed the value of strong guidance, support and encouragement. All athletes should be so fortunate to have this environment around them.