Off the Court with Caitlin Bassett

Staff Writers, Friday, 7 October 2011.

1. Do you have a nickname?
Cbass, Caity 
 
2. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a chef because I love food so much, then my dad told me that I would have to work at night when my friends were out having fun and I decided it wasn't the job for me.
 
3. The Fever are already being touted as the team to watch in 2012, with some exciting new additions - including coach Norma Plummer and Diamonds stalwart Cath Cox...how is the mood in the Fever camp, and what can we expect next season?
The Fever camp is buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the 2012 season, I think you can expect a whole new vibe from Fever.  With Norma at the helm we are going to be a much tougher and driven side. The new motto 'Tough Love' sums it up perfectly.
 
4. You scored the winning goal in extra time against New Zealand in the World Champs this year - describe how you felt at that moment.
Disbelief; it was the most unbelievable, emotional and exciting feeling, one which is hard to describe but I'll never forget. 
 
5. You're still a very young player at only 23. How do you deal with the pressure to perform at an elite level?
I dont feel like I'm young anymore as I have been playing with Fever for a few years now. I do feel pressure to perform and it's something that I'm continually learning to deal with. Talking to more experienced players and watching how they behave under pressure is really important in learning how to perform under pressure.
 
6. What do you do when you're not training or playing netball i.e. hobbies or interests?
I have a massive weakness for cupcakes and I love scouting out good ones to eat! I'm also studying at uni (broadcasting and journalism) so when I'm not training I'm usually at uni trying to keep up.
 
7. Apart from your athletic skills, do you have any other secret talents (apart from dancing!)?
Haha not really, when I was in high school I had a scholarship to a music school so I can play clarinet and saxophone and like to play around with learning various instruments.
 
8. What is your favourite home-cooked meal?
I really love gnocchi and roast pumpkin so anything involving those ingredients.
 
9. Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Vegie Bar in Melbourne is my absolute fav restaurant, in Perth I love going to Jus Burgers (the pumpkin burger is delish!) and Sayers is a really cool cafe.
 
10. What are your favourite movie and TV show?
I love True Blood and Family Guy and The Inbetweeners.
 
11. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
I am loving Ashton Shuffle - Your love. Gotye is getting a lot of play too.
 
12. What was the last book you read?
The Business of being an Athlete by Kerri Pottharst.
 
13. What can't you live without?
My diary, my memory is shocking and without my diary I would be lost!
 
14. What never fails to make you smile?
My housemates Janelle Lawson and Nikala Smith, they crack me up constantly, very funny girls.
 
15. What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Flew in a fighter plane, that was pretty scary. 
 
16. What's your ideal holiday destination?
Somewhere nice and warm, Bali is fun as it's close to Perth and it's cheap. I really want to go to South America and have an adventure.
 
17. Do you have a favourite quote / motto / other piece of advice you live by?
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
 
18. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Give us three names...
Ryan Reynolds, James Franco and Ryan Kwanten.
 
19. If you could have any other job for a day, what would it be?
A cupcake baker, or a puppy babysitter.
 
20. Where will the Fever finish in 2012?
Number one.