14/04/2024

Picture credit: Dee Van de Merwe.

Netball superstar Kim Ravaillion is back walking the halls of Brisbane’s Nissan Arena and she's ripping in for her Firebirds homecoming.

As netball superstar Kim Ravaillion walks the halls of Brisbane’s Nissan Arena, she’s the first to admit it is a little strange to see a number of her own personal achievements memorialised in a hall of honour.

But that’s what makes her return to Brisbane so special. Kim Ravaillion is home with a new coach in Megan Anderson, a former teammate-turned-assistant coach in Clare Ferguson, and the chance to help the Firebirds return to the success of days gone by.

The former Diamonds centre is back in professional netball with the Queensland club after welcoming little Georgie into the world – and she’s starting to get that netball feeling back.

“It has been really nice to come back into the Firebirds environment. It is the same in some ways, but different in others,” Ravaillion told The Inner Sanctum.

“It has been a really good, solid six weeks at pre-season training. I am finally feeling netball again which is awesome.

Picture credit: Dee Van de Merwe.

“It is hard to get back into the swing of things, you need to do the hard yards. Fitness-wise I had time to get that back up, but you have to get ‘netball-fit’ once you start court work. I am loving it so far.”

Since her debut almost ten years ago, Ravaillion has been part of some of Australian netball’s greatest sides both domestically and internationally.

She was a star for the Firebirds who won the 2015 and 2016 ANZ Championship titles before her deflection to Collingwood Magpies in 2017 when the Suncorp Super Netball was established.

She was part of the Australian Diamonds’ gold medal-winning side at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games – a gold medal match in which she led the way with 14 goal assists as Australia defeated New Zealand – and the 2015 Netball World Cup-winning side when Australia won gold by three goals over New Zealand in Sydney.

She was also part of the silver medalling campaign with the Diamonds at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where Australia was stunned by England.

While she has experienced some of the highest of highs in Australian sport, Ravaillion is just keen to get back on the court.

“I want to make it to round 1, get out there and have some fun,” she said.

“I am more focused when I get to training. It is a whole new perspective for me. I used to dwell if I had a bad session – I am a perfectionist – but now I realise making mistakes is the way to improve.

“We want to start the way the girls finished off last year. Hopefully, we can bring that in and continue to improve.”

A netball video game?

There is growing community support for a netball video game and Kim Ravaillion is fully supportive of the concept as a marketing tool.

“I think it would be cool as. I’d make [Fiancé] Adam [Treloar] play it,” she said.

“I think it would be fantastic. Anything that would encourage more young girls and boys to watch and play women’s sport is great.”

So, The Inner Sanctum decided to dream up Kim as a video game front cover star.

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