Name: Erin Bell
DOB: 30 April 1987
Age started playing: 8
Association/s: Sutherland Shire
Started playing because: My school friends played and I thought it looked like fun
NSW 17/U Team 2003-2004
NSW 19/U Team 2005-2006
NSW 21/U Team 2005-2006
Australian: Australian Open Team 2011-2013
ANZ Championship: NSW Swifts 2008-2009
Adelaide Thunderbirds 2010-2015
CBT: Sydney Swifts 2005-2007
Other National Leagues: ANL – Netball NSW 2008-2009
Australian Test Caps: 5
Playing style/strength: Speed and creativity in the circle, calm under pressure
Fondest netball memory: Being named in the 2011 Australian Diamonds and winning World Champs!
Earliest netball memory: Running around the grass courts at Miranda with my hands up in the air being a head taller than all the other kids
I prepare for a game by: After I am sure I have done all the physical, technical and tactical training I can, I then watch video footage of past games of myself and my opposition and visualise success.
Tips for future netballers: Always keep your dream alive by taking every opportunity that comes your way and most importantly enjoy it.
Most embarrassing moment on court: I remember tripping over my own feet while attempting to get an intercept… probably explains why I play attack!
What did your first uniform look like? Menai Hawks when I was 8yrs, it was a yellow skirt and a matching yellow polo shirt. Not the most attractive uniform but you could definitely find us in a crowd!
What have you done with your past uniforms: They are all in a big bag (or bags!) in every wardrobe of the house.
One team you always wanted to beat: Coming from NSW we always had a rivalry with VIC through underage Nationals and that has stuck with me into ANZ Championship. It always feels good to beat the Vixens as they have always been such a competitive team.
What was the big hairstyle craze of your netball career? Braids. I loved them when I was younger and still love them now. Only trouble is I can’t do it myself!
Most memorable game? Grand Final Aus v NZ World Champs 2011. AMAZING. I lost my voice for the next week after that game.
What’s one of the biggest things that has changed in the game since you first played netball? The athleticism of the players has increased and with this the speed and physicality of the game has also increased. I don’t have a specific story, but what I have learnt from my netball career is to keep believing in yourself and your ability, don’t let others get you down. If you work hard enough and are willing to take risks anything is possible – if you believe it is.
Any current involvement with netball? Player for Adelaide Thunderbirds. I enjoy coaching so do netball clinics every now and then.
Education: Menai Primary
Further Study: Sydney University
Occupation: Exercise Physiologist
In my spare time I enjoy: Going to the beach and attempting to surf
Things I dislike include: Being stuck in traffic and realising your bluetooth doesn’t work and you don’t have handsfree
Other sports/hobbies: Athletics, X country, dancing
Favourite movie: Current favourite is Letters to Juliet
Favourite TV show: Greys Anatomy
Favourite Singer/Band: Love Taylor Swift and John Butler Trio
Favourite Colour: At the moment… Mauve/purple
Favourite Food: Sushi and Cold Rock!
Dream Job: Training dolphins and being able to swim with them everyday
Which sporting event would you love to attend? Olympics
Most admired sports person: Sharelle McMahon
Who do you enjoy an on court battle with? Mo’onia Gerrard, Bec Bulley, Bianca Chatfield, Casey Williams etc. I love the challenge!
What would you spend your last $20 on? An internet simcard for my ipad
If you were a cartoon character who would you be? Ariel from The Little Mermaid
If I was on Australian Idol I would sing: Any Taylor Swift song