- NAME: Chelsea Mawer
- AGE: 22
- TEAM: Northern Hawks
- POSITIONS: C, WA, WD
- SCHOOLS: Mowbray Primary, St Thomas More's Primary, Launceston Grammar
Highlight of your career so far?
Winning the 2018 netball grand final definitely. It took us three years to get there and it was awesome. It was just pure shock, it was such a shocking experience and then pure euphoria afterwards.
Everyone had worked so hard to get there and because the game was so much not in our favour the whole time and at the end we came through it was that [feeling of] 'oh we've got there'.
What's it like playing with your sister Ashlea?
Playing with my sister is actually amazing. I could probably give her 100 flaws off the court but on the court I think she's an absolute hero.
I love playing with my sister and we have such a connection - nobody else has the similar kind of thing that I just know what she wants to do and where she wants it.
That makes us a bit of a dynamic duo and I thoroughly enjoy playing with her.
Have you always played on the same teams?
Ever since I hit about age 15 - because Ash is three years older than me - since then we've come together and played in the same teams.
This year we played against each other for basketball which is funny - she's beaten me already this year so I'm not happy about that - but netball-wise we've always been together.
What's it like being a paramedic?
It's been amazing. I felt so out of my depth to begin with, but now I'm slowly easing into it. The Tasmanian community for one is amazing and then the people that I work with are amazing as well.
[I'm grateful for] getting that opportunity to balance my work life with my sporting life - a lot of the people I work with also play sport and generally they just try and rotate their shifts around.
I've already switched a shift this year so I could play netball on the Sunday just gone and work was so understanding about it, I just did a couple of hours overtime for them and they were happy so it's been amazing.
It's really made me grow up - I'm only 22 and I've got a full-time career so it's really made me look into the future.
Who is your netball hero?
I've watched the Super Netball for ages and ages and I generally just look up to anyone that's really persistent, and for me that's the Brown sisters [Madi and Kelsey] that play for Collingwood now.
They've both had injuries, they've both come back and they're really inspirational women that have gone through the hard yards, they've gone through hard social hurdles as well and they still play netball to the best of their abilities so that's awesome.
They've also come and trained us a couple of times so it's good to meet them and they're lovely human beings as well.
If you weren't a netballer what would you be?
I'd probably still continue on with my basketball, but I've come to a point where netball gives me a little bit more of a fulfilling feeling.
Basketball's just a bit of a fun sport whereas I get a bit serious when it comes to netball because I like to develop those skills.
Biggest influence on your career?
It's probably been my sister - I watch her develop and grow and then I follow in her footsteps. I have always not necessarily been in her shadow, but I've always been 'oh you're Ashlea's sister'.
So she's always driven me to be that one day I might not just be Ashlea's sister, which I feel like I've become, but she's always been an inspiration to me.
As well-known as she is I enjoy being connected to her as well, we always get called the Mawer sisters and that's what I enjoy.
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