ROBINSON CALLS TIME ON DIAMONDS CAREER
Tiarne Swersky - July 10, 2018
One of Australian netball’s most decorated and distinguished players, Madi Robinson, has today announced her retirement from international netball, now focusing solely on her career in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.
After making her Australian Diamonds debut in 2010, the 30-year-old has capped 61 appearances for the national side.
A widely respected leader on and off the court, Robinson is the only player in Australian netball history to have won the prestigious Liz Ellis Diamond on two occasions (2012 and 2014) and was named the International Player of the Year in both of those career-defining campaigns.
A champion of the sport, Robinson said she was proud to have represented the Diamonds for eight years.
“I have cherished every moment and opportunity that I’ve had to wear the green and gold with my sisters in arms.”
“My journey has taken me through many highs and lows over the eight years, but throughout it all, I’ve relished the chance to play with my teammates, enjoy the success and most importantly, be that role model for the next generation of aspiring netballers.
“I am so proud and honoured to have played netball for my country, but the time is right for me now to sign off as the Australian Diamond #152 and close that chapter of my life.”
Australian netball legend Liz Ellis paid tribute to Robinson’s brilliant Diamonds career.
“Madi has been a magnificent player and contributor to the Diamonds and I’m so proud of what she’s achieved.”
“She’s a fighter. She’s never given up and the thing that will mark her Australian career is that she’s always been strong enough to get back up, time and time again."
With a Commonwealth Games gold and silver medal in her trophy cabinet, as well as a quartet of Constellation Cup victories, Robinson said the 2014 victory in Glasgow was one of her greatest moments as a Diamond.
“I’ve had the privilege of sharing the court with some of the best players and best people in Australian netball.”
“The 2014 gold medal was particularly special. To have experienced that alongside some of my great friends and colleagues in Laura Geitz, Bianca Chatfield and Renae Ingles will go down as one of my proudest achievements.”
Resilience has often become a term associated with the Collingwood Magpies skipper, after making two successful returns to the Diamonds squad since 2015.
In the most-recent 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Robinson worked her way back into contention and starred for the Diamonds in their silver-medal campaign.
In 2016, the fearless winger made a triumphant return to the international stage after recovering from an ACL injury that ruled her out for the previous year.
Robinson said overcoming these challenges have helped shaped the person and player that she is today.
“There’s been heartbreak, there’s been injuries and there’s been a lot of hoops that I’ve had to jump through.”
“However, my script has never been a fairy-tale, so for me to have made it back to the Commonwealth Games on home soil and finish off my Diamonds career with a strong campaign; I feel really comfortable with my decision.
“My love and passion for the game of netball remains as strong as it did when I began playing at six years old, so my focus and energy now will be with the Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.”
With a host of individual and team accolades accomplished across her international career, Robinson will go down as one of the greatest Australian Diamonds to have played the game.
MADI ROBINSON’S DIAMONDS CAREER
- Australian Diamond #152
- Diamonds debut: Scotland – 9th Feb 2010
- 61 caps for the national side
- Commonwealth Games Gold Medal (2014 Glasgow)
- Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (2018 Gold Coast)
- Liz Ellis Diamond (2012 and 2014)
- International Player of the Year (2012 and 2014)
- Australian Diamonds Vice-Captain (2017)