05/03/2024

Helen Housby will keep wearing a red dress for another three years (Image: Elly McNerney/2022)

Helen Housby will stay in NSW for another three years, signing a multi-year deal with the Swifts.

Housby is the Swifts 2023 Club MVP and a decorated athlete both nationally, and internationally with the England Roses.

Housby has been to three World Cups (won two bronze and one silver) and three Commonwealth Games (won one gold medal). She is most noted for shooting the winning goal against the Australian Diamonds at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She debuted for England in 2014 against Wales. Most recently, Housby won Player of the Tournament in the 2023 World Cup where England won a silver medal.

The long range shooter first signed with the Swifts in 2017, travelling across the world from England. Before she played with the Swifts, she played with the Manchester Thunder in the Netball Super League (NSL) for four years, winning a premiership in 2014 as well as shooting the winning goal.

In her time at the Swifts, Housby has won two premierships in 2019 and 2021.

Housby has always loved everything about the Swifts saying that she’s lucky to have ‘been able to play a part in the modern legacy’.

“I love this Club and everyone associated with it, and this was no-brainer for me,” she said.

“I never thought I would be able to achieve so much collectively and individually since making the move down under back in 2017, but the Club has allowed me the opportunity to develop and thrive.

“I feel I’ve been able to play a part in the modern legacy of the Swifts but I am by no means finished yet.

“I want us to be in the running for the title again next year and every year after that. I know we have the means to do it, it’s about rising to the challenge.”

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Head Coach Briony Akle said Housby’s maturity on court is clear when she plays, resulting in her being able to step up in the big moments.

“Helen is a world class operator and we’d never have reached three Grand Finals in five years or won two titles without her,” Akle said.

“You need people who relish pressure in key moments and Helen is one of those.

“What I like most is that even if it doesn’t always come off for her, Helen will step up and go again. It takes bravery to assume responsibility in those key moments and Helen has it in spades.

“She has built a life for herself down here, and it takes a lot of guts to pack your bags and move to the other side of the world, but she’s demonstrated how well it’s worked for her and that’s been of huge benefit to us.”

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