Echuca netballer Caitlyn Strachan recently won her second Margaret Caldow in the Victorian Netball League award at a presentation night recently.By Luke McManus
Echuca netballer Caitlyn Strachan claimed back-to-back Margaret Caldow trophies at the Victorian Netball League awards presentation in Melbourne.
Strachan, who plays for the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels in the VNL, shared the award with VU Western Lightning’s Brooke Thompson, capping off a superb season, which saw the 26-year-old earn Melbourne Vixens selection as well as captain the Victorian Fury to an Australian Netball League championship.
Strachan also walked away with a spot in the VNL’s Team of the Year.
‘‘It definitely came as a surprise,’’ she said.
‘‘The voting for the VNL becomes silent after round 14 and I was leading with another girl at the time.
‘‘But I didn’t play two of the last four matches due to illness and discounted myself from the award.
‘‘I’m extremely honoured.’’
‘‘I’ve worked hard for a number of years and it’s pretty special to receive recognition.
‘‘You don’t play a team sport for the individual accolades but it’s a nice reward for effort.’’
Strachan said her ‘‘incredible’’ rise could not have been achieved without the support from her parents, Rob and Lyn, her brother, Josh, and partner, Sam.
‘‘I feel very fortunate for the endless support I have around me,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve given me so many opportunities, driving me all around country Victoria so I can pursue my endeavour to become a professional netballer.’’
Strachan is enjoying a brief ‘‘resting period’’ before she joins the Melbourne Vixens for gruelling pre-season training.
Now Strachan is maintaining her own fitness before she will complete a Victorian Institute of Sport program in time for the summer and pre-season competition, due to kick off in February.
Strachan is looking forward to the ANZ Championship next season and said while it was a little daunting, being selected as a replacement player for the Vixens will hold her in good stead for her debut, whenever that will be.
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