Ms Vicki Wilson OAM
When the Queensland Firebirds won the 2015 ANZ Championship in front of a sell-out crowd at the Brisbane Convention Centre, watched by a record television audience and carrying the support of the entire State, it completed one of the great sporting success stories.
Netball had confirmed its place as a legitimate top shelf member of the Queensland sporting landscape. And the Firebirds sat comfortably alongside the State’s most loved and respected sporting teams.
There were rightfully a lot of very proud and pleased people, but none more than Vicki Wilson.
One of the greatest players this country has produced, she had played a pivotal role on and off the court in the establishment and development of the Firebirds as the Queensland flagship for the game that sits so close to her heart.
It was a natural progression, then, after the Firebirds added the 2015 ANZ Championship to their 2011 title, for the Godmother of netball in Queensland to share in the spoils. And so a legend of the sport became a legend of the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
Vicki Wilson played a record 104 Test matches for Australia over 15 years and captained her country for four years. She played in a record four World Championships, winning the coveted title three times, and was captain of the world championship-winning team in her final game in 1999.
Along the way, too, she had further etched her name into the record books when she captained the Australian team that won the first Commonwealth Games netball gold medal in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
She received the Order of Australia medal in 1992, was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best' in 2001, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in November in 2008, and the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Arguably the world’s best goal shooter in her prime, she was once asked by a junior netballer why she was so accurate. Her reply said it all: “Two hundred shots a day six days a week … and that’s 200 that go in”.
Coach of the Firebirds for four years and assistant-coach of the New Zealand national team for the past two years, she has always been a diligent behind-the-scenes supporter of the game, performing several influential Queensland Government roles and serving as a Board member of the Queensland Academy of Sport and Stadiums Queensland.
A champion of the game in every sense, the 15th Legend in the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. Vicki Wilson OAM.