On two ends of the spectrum in terms of their netball careers, Sarah Klau and Sophie Fawns have both re-committed to the Swifts for the upcoming SSN season.
Australian Diamonds defender Sarah Klau will be a Swift until the end of the 2026 Suncorp Super Netball season after re-signing for three years.
Fresh off the Netball World Cup win, Klau may soon join some elite company, Swifts Premiership Champion Liz Ellis as one of the longest-serving goalkeepers in the club’s history.
In addition to 2023’s World Cup win, she was part of the Diamonds’ team that took gold at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Klau will continue to bring leadership and experience in spades as a former Club MVP, two-time premiership winner (2019 and 2021) and Swifts Centurion.
The 29-year-old is an extremely important part of the team, head coach Briony Akle said that having Klau sign is a ‘real sign of her standing at the club’.
“To see the growth of Sarah both as a player and person over the past seven years is one of the most satisfying parts of being a coach,” Akle said.
“Sarah always has had so much talent, but now she has the belief in her abilities and her world-class performances at SSN and international level are a testament to that.
“Defenders win games of netball, and the shooters decide by how much. You cannot win at this level without gaining turnover possession and Sarah is always providing us with bonus ball.
“Not only that, she gives attackers so much to think about and in those vital moments at the top level she demonstrates her influence to turn games in our favor.
“To have Sarah locked in for three seasons is a real sign of her standing at the Club, and how important she is to where we want to go.”
Klau expressed her gratitude to the club for re-signing her and looked back at her journey so far.
“Sometimes I pinch myself when I think about how quickly the last seven years have gone by, but that’s a sign of how much I love it at the Swifts,” Klau said.
“The family culture of the Club and the environment that Briony’s created helps me develop my game daily and there is no better feeling than running out in Ken Rosewall Arena when it’s packed to the rafters.
“Since making the move to Sydney I’ve been honoured to win Premierships with the Swifts, and win World titles with my country and I don’t want that to end.
“I feel what we have built here gives me the best chance to win as part as a collective, which is the best part of being an athlete.”
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Sophie Fawns is a player with a very bright future, who will continue to thrive within the NSW Swifts environment through to the end of 2025.
Recently the Wagga Wagga product has tasted international netball, playing in the Australian Fast5 team but then also participating in the Swifts’ finals campaign last season.
Bursting onto the scene in 2022, she made the most of her elevation into the squad as an injury replacement player before earning her maiden full-time contract this year.
The 20-year-old spoke about how she is living out her dream of playing in the red and blue dress.
“I am living my dream every second I’m on court for the Swifts and there is nowhere I’d rather be,” Fawns said.
“I grew up supporting the Swifts and they have been like a family to me since I made my debut.
“There have been challenges over the past couple of years but everyone at the Club has been so encouraging and my teammates are a brilliant support network.
“I hope that I can continue to be a role model for regional athletes around NSW who share a similar dream of making it to Super Netball.
“I also believe in the vision Briony and the senior players have for the Club.
“Most of them have already won two Premierships, and just missing out in last year’s Grand Final has made me realise how hungry I am to win with them.”
Akle spoke about how Fawn’s development and growth was a factor in their decision to re-sign the rising star.
“It’s hard to believe that Sophie is still only 20, but she displays a maturity beyond her years,” she said.
“It takes a lot of guts at any age to overcome loss and shine is the toughest of environments, but Sophie has done that and I think she is a credit to her family, as well as the junior coaches and pathway coaches who all played a huge role in her development.
“We are stoked to have Sophie continue as a Swift and believe she will continue to reach new heights and become one of the best attackers in the world.”