Gia to retire from VNSL
Strathclyde Sirens have confirmed today that captain Gia Abernethy has made the decision to retire from elite netball.
The news comes after four seasons with the Scottish franchise, the past three of which Abernethy lead as captain.
Gia has loved her time at Strathclyde Sirens and it is with careful reflection that she has reached her decision saying;
“Physically and mentally I’m not sure I have a whole other season in me. While it has been a fantastic four years as a Siren, I know to be part of this special franchise I need to be able to give 100% of myself and if I’m not able to commit 100% to the team then that just wouldn’t sit right with me.”
Abernethy moved to the UK in 2018 after being scouted by Gail Parata who was head coach of Sirens at the time.
Abernethy, who was a training partner with Adelaide Thunderbirds was called up to join Sirens play in a Super Cup tournament in Nelson, NZ. Parata quickly offered a contract to Abernethy and the move to Glasgow came a few weeks later.
In her 4 seasons, Abernethy has been instrumental in driving fundamental and lasting change in the Sirens squad both on and off the court.
Karen Atkinson, Director of Netball says;
“She has had such an impact on the environment, the culture & the training ethic. I have been in many teams as a player and a coach and she is by far one of the best leaders I have had the pleasure to work with. She is extremely selfless and puts the team first.”
Sirens Head Coach, Lesley MacDonald adds;
“Gia is one of the best individuals I have had the pleasure of coaching and has been a truly inspiring leader. She will leave and an amazing legacy here at Strathclyde Sirens.”
Netball Scotland CEO, Claire Nelson says;
“The team that we have today, I firmly believe, has been shaped and influenced by Gia Abernethy. What she brought to this club in terms of work ethic, spirit, drive and fight but doing it with a warm heart and an ability to empower and inspire those around her is going to be a loss to this club but I am so happy that she is following her heart and doing what makes her happy.”
Strathclyde Sirens and Netball Scotland together want to thank Gia for everything she has given to the club and will always have a special place in our history.