“Obstacles only become visible when we lose sight of our goals”
Chelsea is Sydney born but has had an extensive career that has seen her play in 3 different countries and many different cities. Pitman’s career began in New South Wales, representing the state at underage national championships before moving to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where she was noticed by national head coach Norma Plummer.
In 2010, she was signed by New Zealand ANZ Championship franchise the Canterbury Tactix. However, in round 6 against the Northern Mystics, she suffered an ACL injury that ended her season.
After a successful ACL rehabilitation, she joined the Queensland Firebirds in 2011. Significant improvement throughout the season resulted in Pitman becoming the starting wing attack and helping the Firebirds win the ANZ Championship in an undefeated season. Her breakthrough season was capped off with selection in the Australian Netball Diamonds team for the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, where Australia retained the title. Pitman made her international debut against the Silver Ferns during a series of international matches prior to the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. During the world championships, she featured regularly at wing attack in her first major international tournament. In the gold medal match against New Zealand, she was brought onto wing attack at half time when the Diamonds were six goals down and helped the Diamonds draw level at the end of regulation time to send the game into extra time. The Diamonds went onto win the match 58-57 and claim the world championship with Pitman playing a major role in the Diamond’s comeback. She represented the Australian Diamonds throughout 2012 during the Quad Series against South Africa, New Zealand and England. However, she was unable to make a return to the national squad after this series.
In 2013, Pitman was part of the Firebirds team who made it to the ANZ Championship Grand Final for the second time in 3 years where they were defeated by the Adelaide Thunderbirds 50-48. At the conclusion of the season, she and Firebirds teammate Natalie Medhurst, announced that they had signed with the West Coast Fever for the 2014 season.
Towards the end of the 2014, Pitman announced that she would take the following season (2015) off from the ANZ Championship to consider her netball future. In July 2014, she signed a one-year contract with Netball Superleague side Manchester Thunder for the 2015 season in England. For the 2016 season, she returned to play in the ANZ Championship, signing for New Zealand side Central Pulse. After the dissolution of the ANZ Championship in July 2016, Pitman signed with the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season. Pitman starred for the Thunderbirds during their 2017 campaign and was ultimately named the 2017 Club Champion after a highly successful season.
In 2017 Pitman was selected into the England National Netball Team through her England-born father. She later made her international debut for England against South Africa in the 2017 January Quad Series, and helped them claim two historic wins over the New Zealand Silver Ferns in 2017. And was an integral part in the success the England Roses had in claiming Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Playing positions – WA, C, GA
NATIONAL TEAMS REPRESENTED
2011-12 Australian Netball Diamonds
2017-present England Roses
PREMIERSHIPS / AWARDS / MEDALS
2007 CBT Premiers – Sydney TAB Swifts
2011 – Rookie of the Year Top 5
2011 – Undefeated Champions ANZ Championship – Queensland Firebirds
2011 – World Netball Championships GOLD – Australian Netball Diamonds
2013 – Runners Up ANZ Championship – Queensland Firebirds
2017 – Club Champion – Adelaide Thunderbirds
2018 – Quad Series Silver – England Roses
2018 – Commonwealth Games GOLD