Georgina Fisher’s path to elite international netball is not one traditionally taken, but the newest member of the Southern Steel in the ANZ Premiership is excited to build a winning side in the upcoming season.
Fisher, 22, has represented England 15 times over the past three years and is expected to provide the Steels with a strong scoring option inside the circle.
And in an interview with The Inner Sanctum, Fisher said she was eager to absorb as much as she can from her teammates to take her game to a new level.
“I am going in with a really open mind,” she said.
“I am excited to learn and grow with the team. We are a fairly young side, and I am excited to see how we can all grow together and what we can produce.”
Moving across the world to play elite sport during a pandemic has its challenges, however, Fisher says she is coping well with the move.
“Isolation has had its ups and downs, but I have been kept very busy with sessions that Mickey (Steel’s strength and conditioning coach) has set for me,” Fisher said.
“I think it’s knowing what’s on the other side of my isolation that is keeping me going, and I’m counting down the days until I can join my new team.”
Southern Steel have added a valuable scoring option to its side, after a fifth placed finished and the second lowest goal tally in the league.
Fisher scored 61 goals from 67 attempts in three appearances for England in the Cadbury Netball Series last year, which is form she is hoping to emulate in the ANZ Premiership.
The move to New Zealand seemed like a natural choice for the goal shooter, having played with experienced Silver Ferns defender Joline Henry.
“When I was growing up there was always a huge ambition to play abroad,” Fisher said.
“When I was playing in the Superleague for Hertfordshire Mavericks, Joline Henry came over to play with us. I loved her style and flare, and was lucky enough to start learning from her.”
Fisher was coached by Robyn Broughton at Hertfordshire, who also coached a variety of sides in the ANZ Premiership, as well as being an assistant coach for the Silver Ferns.
“When the opportunity arose to play for the Southern Steel it seemed like a natural choice.”
Fisher spent her childhood chasing the dream; hoping to represent England on the global stage.
“I always wanted to be an Olympian, so it’s funny that I fell into a sport that isn’t in the Olympics, but I knew I wanted to be an athlete,” Fisher said.
“When I was younger I wanted to be a swimmer and competed to a high level until I was 17.”
Fisher believes her swimming career has helped elevate her netball as she played on bigger and brighter stages.
“I started swimming competitively when I was eight years old, and you swim in your time range and not age groups,” Fisher said.
“I was often on the blocks with girls up to 10 years older than me, which I believe has helped me cope with pressure.”