Not only did they finish as Minor Premiers and Grand Finalists, they claimed the Suncorp Super Netball Championship for the first time – the pinnacle of the sport and the club’s first trophy since 2014.
Their season came to an abrupt halt in March when COVID-19 struck, yet the Vixens continued to train remotely and individually from their homes in hope of a return date. They conversed via zoom, held virtual training sessions and became their own motivators.
We watched on as 14 Vixens athletes and nine support staff travelled to the Queensland sporting hub in July, enduring two weeks of hotel quarantine and a further 13 weeks without their loved ones. They dedicated their time, sacrificed their commitments back in Victoria, and accepted a 70 per cent pay cut for five weeks to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19.