BRITT Raymond has never shied away from taking on added responsibility throughout her distinguished netball playing career.
In fact, she thrives on it.
The soon to be 25-year-old is set to make the transition into senior coaching for the first time.
This follows her appointment as A grade playing coach of Cavendish for the 2014 South West District Football Netball League season.
It represents yet another exciting chapter in her netball career.
While young in terms of coaching at senior level, she brings vast experience to the role.
Her leadership qualities have long been admired and recognised.
It must be remembered that she was just 17 when appointed captain of the Imperials A grade netball side in the Western Border league.
She was also captain of the triumphant Cavendish A grade premiership team last season.
“It’s very exciting,” Raymond told the Hamilton Spectator of her appointment.
“I’ve coached junior grades, but I haven’t stepped up to seniors.
“Cavendish is a good club to do it at.”
Raymond has been a regular squad and state league representative throughout her distinguished playing career.
This year, as reigning A grade premier Cavendish will be the hunted, rather than the hunter.
It’s a scenario that excites Raymond and the whole club.
“It just brings a whole new element to it,” she said.
“Sort of strive to keep that dominance of the league.
“You want to aim to do that and go even better.”
Raymond outlined much of the reason behind the success of the club.
“There’s good camaraderie around the club,” she said.
“Generally everyone is willing to put up their hand and we’re all striving for the same goals.
“So it makes it easy.”
Pre-season training for the Bloods will get underway on Wednesday, January 29, at Pedrina Park, with juniors starting at 5pm, along with Under 17s and seniors at 6pm.
Raymond said this was an important phase in the club’s preparation for its 2014 season campaign.
“If you hit the court fit you can only improve from it,” she said.
Raymond indicated that the Bloods have retained the nucleus of their playing personnel for season 2014.
“We’ve lost the likes of Regan Luhrs, she has gone to Hamilton (Kangaroos),” she said.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 21, 2014