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Wilson, Vicki (1965 - )

Born
11 February 1965
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Netball Player, Sports Administrator and Sports commentator

Summary

Vicki Wilson started playing netball in 1972 at at the age of seven. By the time she had hung up her skirt in 1999, she was one of Australia's most decorated and successful players, having earned 104 test caps over the journey, more than any other Australian player. She represented Australia for fifteen years with the last four as captain. She played in four World Championship tournaments (the most of any Australian player), was a member of a victorious team three times (1991, 1995, 1999), and captained the world champion team in her last game in 1999. She was captain of the team that won the first ever gold medal for netball in the Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, although she says the most memorable moment of her career was winning the 1991 World Championship in Sydney. Arguably the best goal shooter in the world in the 1990s, when asked by a junior netballer in 1999 why she had such great shooting accuracy, her response was, '200 shots a day x 6 days a week, and that's 200 shots that go in. I have been doing that since I was 20 years old'.

A trained physical education teacher, Wilson continued to teach while playing netball, moving to the position of Schools Sports Promotions Oficer with the Department of Education in Queensland in 1992. Since then she has held a number of board member ships and government advisory positions, including membership of the Board of the Queensland Academy of Sport. She continues to coach and mentor talented players and works as a senior project manager with Sport and Recreation Queensland in the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Details

Events

1982 - 1983
Member of the Queensland Under 19 Team
1983 - 1996
Member of the Queensland Open Team (Captain 1989-1996)
1985 - 1999
Member of the Australian Netball Team
1987
Member of the team that competed at the World Championships in Glasgow (Runners Up, jointly, with Trinidad and Tobago)
1991
Member of the World Championship Winning Team
1992
Order of Australia Medal - For services to netball
1995
Member of the World Championship Winning Team
1996 - 1999
Captain of the Australian Netball Team
1997 - 1999
Captain of the Queensland Firebirds
1998
Gold Medalist at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games - Captain of the Team that won the first ever Gold Medal for netball at the Commonwealth Games
1999
aptain of the World Championship Winning Team
2004
Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
2006
Selected as one of the Australian Institute of Sport' s 25 'Best of the Best'

Sources used to compile this entry: Jenkins, Lesley, 'Interview with Vicki Wilson', in Women's Sport in Brisbane, 2004, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/nph-arch/2000/S2000-Mar-2/http://brisbane-stories.powerup.com.au/women_sport/women_frames.htm; 'Vicki Wilson', Sport Australia Hall of Fame website' http://www.sahof.org.au/hall_of_fame/membersDisplay.cfm?MemberID=476 [accessed 2007-01-04]; 'We are the Champions: live Q&A with netball Captain Vicki Wilson', 60 Minutes, November 14, 1999 http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/sixtyminutes/stories/1999_11_14/story_70.asp [accessed 2007-01-04].

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  • Netball Australia (1927 - )

    Vicki Wilson was captain of the All Australian Netball Team for four years, and represented Australia for fiteen years.

Archival resources

Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project)

  • Netball Australia - Papers, 1927 - ; Netball Australia (1927 - ); Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project). Details

Nikki Henningham

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