A frank and revealing behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become an international netball success Netball has a long and proud history in Australia, with an estimated one million players nationwide. In 2015, the Australian Netball Diamonds rode the crest of a successful sporting wave to become World Cup Champions and be voted the Australian Team of the Year. However, the World Cup win was only part of the story. In Shine, sports writers Jenny Sinclair and Megan Maurice go behind the scenes to take readers on an in-depth journey through the four year lead up to the World Cup. They reveal the discipline and determination of the players, coaches and support staff and show what it really takes to be a world-class player. You will read about the players' battles with injury, how they overcame self-doubt, struggled for media recognition, or went from living in a tiny country town to winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The players discuss many topics not previously mentioned in the media, such as doping, issues with fertility and trying to raise and support a family while playing all over the country. Family members offer insights about what it is like to share their lives with an elite athlete and the authors were also given unprecedented access to the coaches and support staff of the Diamonds, revealing their thoughts and their roles in the Australian team. Add to this twelve in-depth player profiles of well-known players such as Catlin Bassett, Natalie Medhurst, Sharelle McMahon and Liz Ellis, Shine offers a fascinating glimpse inside a high-performance sporting environment. This is a must-read for netballers of all ages and sporting fans.