Karyn Bailey to hang up the dress for the last time
After a 16-year professional playing career Storm would like to announce the retirement of Australian International Karyn Bailey. The Goal Shooter will be hanging up her dress for the last time after the Wasps game on the 21st of June.
Karyn has been with Storm since 2019 and has brought her personality, experience and quality to the club. Storm thank Karyn for all her efforts with the club and wish her all the best in the next stage of her life.
“Retirement for me has been a long time coming. To be able to leave on my own terms, without staying a minute or season too long is my final victory” commented Karyn.
“Having made the decision to retire at the start of the season and actually sticking to that decision, has been one of the most rewarding and freeing experiences; Allowing me to capture, embrace and enjoy every moment of this season in a different light.”
Karyn mentioned “the decision to retire wasn’t an easy one, after all as an athlete you sacrifice so much for the privilege to represent your club or country. However, my time as an elite Netballer has been a rewarding and enriching one, allowing me opportunities many will never experience.”
A successful career starting at the age of 15 has led to some memories Karyn will always carry with her. “There have been many highlights throughout my career however the ones that stand out would be winning the ANZ championship in 2014 with the Melbourne Vixens as well as my selection into the Australian Diamonds.”
Head Coach Mikki Austin commented “Karyn has been instrumental for the sport of netball for almost a decade across two hemispheres! After coming into the VNSL originally to sign for Scaracens Mavericks. We were excited to sign her in 2019 and have a player of her calibre and experience join Surrey storm.”
“We thank Karyn for all her dedication whilst wearing our colours and wish her nothing but success in this exciting part of her next chapter – Stay classy KB!”.
What’s next for Karyn Bailey? “Whilst I step away from the court as a player, netball will always play a pivotal part in my life and as I embark on this new chapter, I will view this moment as starting a new season in the game of life.”
“Whilst initially I will enjoy some down time away from the netball court, I’m actually a huge believer in giving back. I have had some amazing coaches throughout my years as a player, who helped shape me as a person and pushed me to be the best player I could be.”
“So, whilst I step away from the court as a netball player, I will still be seen on the side-lines as a coach trying to help the next generation of aspiring players.”