Diamond Chelsea retiring

AN Australian Diamond and English Rose, Giants netballer Chelsea Pitman has hung up her dress after calling time on her decorated, almost 20 year-career.

Debuting for the Sydney Swifts in 2006 as a teenager, Pitman has enjoyed a most unique netball career.
Representing nine clubs, across three countries, the 35-year-old had anything but a typical career.
Having represented Swifts, Canterbury Tactix, Queensland Firebirds, West Coast Fever, Manchester Thunder, Central Pulse, Adelaide Thunderbirds and London Pulse, Pitman joined the Giants as a temporary player for Maddie Hay ahead of the 2024 Suncorp Super Netball season.
After retiring from international duties last year following a career featuring World Cup and Commonwealth Games glory, Pitman says the timing is right to retire from the domestic level also and end her playing days an elite netballer.
She said she’s loved calling herself a Giant.
“The setup here [training and playing facilities], the girls, the coaching staff, the support staff, the culture, it’s amazing,” she said.
In a full-circle, Pitman’s final game not only came against the side her career started with – the Swifts – but also under former Swifts coach and current Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald.
“I remember ‘Jules’ calling me when I was in high school, saying ‘Hi Chels, would you like to be a Swift’ and offered me a contract.
“That was one of the most amazing moments of my life and the start of what has been a great career for me and now to end it here under ‘Jules’, I think it’s sort of meant to be.”