As we wind down from an incredible year of netball, Christmas Day will be a much-welcomed rest for the players who’ll be heading straight into the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series, in January – just six months out from the Vitality Netball World Cup!
Whilst we’re dreaming of a white Christmas, our opponents Down Under are enjoying the summer sunshine with their mince pies and mistletoe. To shine a light on what Christmas is like on the other side of the world, we caught up with Australia’s Kelsey Browne as she prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.
2018 has been a great year for the 26-year- old mid-courter. Having debuted with the Diamonds at the Netball Quad Series in September, she is now looking to cement her place in the world’s number one team ahead of the Vitality Netball World Cup. But before the hard work in the lead up to Liverpool begins again, there is the matter of a traditional Aussie Christmas to look forward to…
Christmas is spent at my family home in Geelong, Victoria with the five of us; Mum, Dad, my sister Madison, a former Australia Diamond herself, and Madison’s husband Todd. The day always begins with a gourmet breakfast of eggs, bacon muesli, berries, yoghurt and more, before it’s time for presents! We sit and open them one at a time, so it takes us about an hour to get through all of them.
I am lucky enough to spend Christmas Day with both sides of my family, my mum’s parents, siblings and their kids as well as my dad’s. Everyone gathers at our family home for a huge roast and each member of the family contributes something different to the feast.
Christmas Eve is always spent watching National Lampoons or the carols on TV and eating fish and chips. Since we were born, we’ve had the same stockings and Mum fills these up in the evening.
With everyone’s commitments, it’s difficult to get the whole family in one place during the year, so I love having everyone under the same roof celebrating and enjoying quality time together. I love family time!
The pavlova for dessert.
I love the hot weather at this time of year. We head to the beach and spend time outdoors.
When I was about eight I got my first bike from Santa for Christmas. I spent the rest of that summer riding it everywhere. The worst was deodorant!
I love buying experiences for people, whether it’s a ticket to a musical or a visit to a new restaurant that we can enjoy together.
I only tend to make resolutions that I think will make me better and add value if I stick to them. I never make them just for the sake of it. Last year I wanted to get better at scheduling in downtime and saying ‘no’ if I didn’t want to do something. I set time aside in my calendar each week to sit and stretch, go for a walk or play my guitar. It’s now a part of my routine and I love it!
New Year is usually spent with my friends at a music concert, festival or anywhere with live music. A few years ago I was in Dubai watching the most amazing firework display from the Burj Khalifa. Last year I spent it chilling in the park having a picnic with friends.
I’m very excited that 2019 is another pinnacle year for netball; it’s always been a dream of mine to represent Australia at a major event and I’d love to be a part of the World Cup in Liverpool!