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A former New Zealand Secondary School representative and NZU21 captain, the strongly-built Fitzpatrick, 25, burst onto the scene as a schoolgirl in 2010 when turning out for the Northern Mystics.
Making the Silver Ferns squad in 2011 as a 19-year-old and playing a one-off test against England the same year, the 1.88m Fitzpatrick, a mobile and aerially-strong in-circle defender, is looking to enhance her career with the Pulse.
`When the opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no,’’ she said. `A big pull was the calibre of coaching at the Pulse, not just Yvette (McCausland-Durie) who I know from my time in the under-21s but knowing that Wai (Taumaunu) and Sandra (Edge) were part of it as well was huge.
`And it was about the environment. They were very successful this year and I’ve only heard good things so that was another big plus.’’
Fitzpatrick has aspirations to push for higher honours and her starting point is the Pulse.
`First and foremost, I just want to be the best netballer I can be,’’ she said. `After having my twins (2014), I haven’t quite got there. This year (with Northern Stars) was a step in the right direction but next year I want to improve in all aspects to become a more versatile player and that all starts with the little things.’’
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