EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: JULIE CORLETTO - OFF COURT PRINCESS
Royalty on the world stage, the champion defender JULIE CORLETTO has let us into her OFF COURT PRINCESS side. She also shares her views on some topical issues to date. My first though when I think of Julzy is a down to earth country girl, one of total loyalty to her family and friends.
This interview is not your average insight into a world class sport woman's life, find out what is valued and is behind the 25 year old star that we love.
The vice captain of the Australian Diamonds is an inspiration to me and so many. She is always doing extra sessions away from the team, puts in so much work into getting her body in the best possible shape to compete and is the last person to put her face forward in the media. In her words “work hard for what you want.”
I know Julie's process very well. And I admire it.
I was taken into the Prendergast family when I first moved to Melbourne. Julz and I would walk to school together each morning and one of our great memories was having a cup of tea and toast before we would head off to training. Her mum and dad made me feel apart of the family. Even though I am older than Julz, I would still call her my big sister as she towers over me in height. She taught me to drive and I learnt my organization skills from her. She is always looking out for me on court and behind the scenes.
A princess of world netball JULIE CORLETTO is a crowd favorite, where it erupts when she takes the court. No doubt she has set a standard for all females on and off the court through her powerful strength and leadership.
When she speaks up at the Melbourne Vixens training, we all listen. She is often overlooked because of her shyness. But Julie’s belief is to keep things simple, work hard and the results will follow. She has a cheeky side, one of fun and is always the first to have a laugh at herself.
Married to her soul mate Daryl Corletto, a National Basketball League superstar, family is the most important thing in their life. The idea of starting a family is something Julie and Daryl are excited to do, but they are both in the prime of the sporting careers and both are completely focused on maximizing their sporting potential at every opportunity given. Her dog Jack and cat Molly are treated like humans and are the perfect substitute for children at this stage.
She lives in the moment, so right now she feels “determined and excited” says the creative netball star, who happily answers questions about her more PERSONAL SIDE.
Her netball achievements are set in lights. Playing for The Australian Netball Team from 2007 and won 2 World Championships.
She is a qualified teacher and has established a successful netball and basketball coaching business, Corletto Sports throughout Victoria. She is an highly active with community work and has a huge passion to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis due to family battles.
There are so many people who can talk the talk, but this netballers actions take care of themselves. Here is your chance to read what the truth about one of our favorite Diamonds and Vixen, Julie Corletto.
Julz, how do you define LUXURY? Well I feel like I just left luxury. I just returned home from a 10 day holiday with my husband in Thailand and we stayed in a private villa; it was absolute bliss. That was the longest holiday we have both had together since we met over 8 years ago.
Luxury on the netball court would be winning by at least 10 goals, not just the 1 or 2 goals that have been a regular occurrence of late.
Why do you believe the sport we love, is the highest participated sport in the country? It’s fun, netball keeps you fit and it is enjoyable for everyone who gets involved. I love playing a team sport where you can train alongside your team-mates that are also determined to achieve the same goal that you are. It inspires you get the best out of each other and therefore the best for the team.
Which woman influences your off-court life? My mum and sister are always there for me with advice when I need it and have always been by my side through the good times and the bad.
You do a lot of travel with your netball commitments. So how would you spend your perfect day in each city and give Jeanieboy readers some hot tips to each city.
In MELBOURNE ... I love Melbourne and especially country Victoria. It is my home and I love catching up with family and friends. I love the cafes, shopping and the sporting events that are held all year round.
SYDNEY – I love the harbour and the beaches. Although unfortunately on netball trips we don’t really get to visit that beautiful part of Sydney. We tend to spend more time out at Homebush where we train and play. Luckily there is a DFO near by for those wanting to have a little shopping spree.
BRISBANE – I love the weather and walking alongside the river on Southbank. I also love visiting my cousin, his wife and there baby girl who is just gorgeous.
ADELAIDE - I used to visit Adelaide quite a bit when my brother (Ian) and his wife lived there. They lived by the beach in Somerton Park and I loved it there. The beaches are beautiful and to have breaky/brunch and a walk on the beach is just bliss! If on a Netball trip you would always find us hitting up Rundle Mall for some retail therapy and a game day coffee and catch up with the girls.
PERTH - I love going for a walk around the Swan River in the morning, we usually stay in a hotel close by. A childhood memory of mine from Perth is a drive that we did across the Neilabour (wow, what a long crazy drive) Anyway, it was a great family holiday and we met Grandma in Perth she got to fly the lucky thing. I also remember visiting Kings Park and getting a horse ride around the park with my big brother and sister - What great memories! I also love to catch up with my Mum’s grand dad when in Perth. He is my Grandma’s brother who has sadly passed but he reminds me a lot of my Grandma.
You are very close with your bother Ian and big sister Karen, all ex-elite sports people, what are their qualities you admire? Yes, I love the way they both go about their lives. They are both so hard working at anything they want to achieve and I guess that's why I'm the way I am. I have them to thank for the person that I am today. It wasn't all roses, we used to have some big fights when we were younger however as we (maybe just I) have grown up we are all so close now and are best friends. We talk to each other about everything, I feel so lucky to have amazing siblings like Ian & Kaz.
What is the best thing about being tall? You can find people easily in a crowd (unless they are short, like my some of my teammates, ha ha). Another bonus is that you can reach everything at the supermarkets. I can put things in high cupboards that are out of reach from my inlaws, ha ha!
Top health tip? Drink lots of water and you are what you eat!
Guilty pleasure? Strawberry licorice & chocolate
Favorite cuisine? San Remo Pasta of course! Thai food is defiantly a new love after my holiday but nothing beats going for dumplings with my team-mates after training.
The perfect gift for your mum? When all her kids visit her together in one room. She loves the family being together. But as for presents she does love flowers, chocolates and perfume.
If its raining... Go for a run, I love running in the rain. Or snuggle up inside for a movie night with some cheeky popcorn!!!
The most important position on the netball court? All of them. Everyone as a role to play, including those who are warming up ready to come on.
What makes you feel like a teenager? My husband, he's 5 years older than me, ha ha!
How do you approach putting the bib on for Australia NOW compared to your first game for Australia when you were 16? I approach my games the same way now as I did back then. I always make sure I'm ready mentally and physically. I must admit though, I will never forgot the first time I put on that GD bib for Australia.
It was half way through a quarter so I had no time to get nervous. I was bibbed up and took the court playing with the greatest GK in the world and the Captain of Australia, LIZ ELLIS. Wow the nerves had me, then. Suddenly I felt like I was out of breath and the whistle hadn't even blown. I'll never forget what Liz said to me, she said “smile & enjoy it, you've done all the hard work so just have fun!"
It's amazing how much a simple smile can settle your nerves! Liz was an amazing Captain for Australia and someone I admired and still do to this day.
The hardest thing is? Living apart from my husband and then traveling for sport when we are together. Also missing friends and families birthdays/engagements/weddings etc. These are all the sacrifices we make for playing sport at the elite level I guess!
Happily married, what is your secret to a great relationship, and how do you balance living in different countries? This is not really a secret to a great relationship but a great relationship is something that involves you being completely yourself and not changing who you are. I married my best friend in 2009 and continue to love ever single minute I get to spend with my hubby. I'm not going to lie, living apart was tough but we managed to get by. We used to Skype a lot and we both had many trips across the Tasman to visit each other.
A day a the races, perfectly styled, with a group of close girlfriends, equipped with quality tips OR a relaxed day out on a yacht with great views of the city, food and wine? Can we do both?? Both sound like lots of fun to me! But if I had to choose it would be a day at the races and maybe the next race day will be in Camperdown to see your horse Sarah, "Poppy" race.
Chocolate: Yes please :) I'd have to go with milk chocolate.
When it comes to taking care of your skin, do you have products you swear by? Not really but I always make sure I go to bed with a clean face and I don't train or play in make-up.
Did you have any celebrity crushes when you were in high school? Yes many :) Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper... I probably should stop, ha ha!
Do you have any must watched TV shows? Packed to the Rafters, Farmer wants a wife, Winners & Loosers. Lately it been The Voice (although since Daryl returned from NZ he thinks he's the next member of One Direction so it can be irritating to sit through an episode, Jokes! ;-)
Cooking or being cooked for? I love going out for meals and being cooked for. However nothing better then having your mates over and cooking up a storm!
You are now in your 3rd purchased home, so what kind of furniture and theme do you look for? Our home at the moment is a older style weatherboard house that has been renovated inside. It's cute and I love it, however it is not my dream house. Most of our furniture goes well with our house, although I can already have visions the furniture for our next house and I can't wait for that.
Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know? Lead singer on Singastar, ha ha!
What is the biggest risk you have taken in your life? Having surgery on my knee (Tibial Tuberosity Transfer) in 2010 and being told that I may never be able to play Netball again.
Your favorite Jeanieboy product? During the season just gone, it would have to be the ‘Jeanieboy Finger Sweats’! Most of you wouldnt have known this, but I broke my finger towards the start of the season and unfortunately had to wear a sling on the finger for the remainder of the season. During the day I used to rock the Jeanieboy Finger Sweat to funk up my ugly splint.
I also love my bracelets that Sarah gave me. I wear them everyday one says spirit and the other is a turquoise skull bracelet. My Hubby rocks the JB hat most days, I can't get it off him. I have to steal it. I love the Waterboy hat too.... So much to choose from in our house.
Can you leave Jeanieboy friends with one bit of advise if they are ever faced with adversity? Ok, well i’ll leave you with this quote I love by Michael Jordan:-
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
I wish to thank Julz for sharing her story with us all. I am inspired by her everyday and I hope you have all enjoyed the insight into the quiet, funny and beautiful person and netballer that we all love.
Ps, I hope you are all buying your tickets to the Australian Diamonds games coming up soon, where you will see her in action. See below dates.
Australian Diamonds V New Zealand MELBOURNE Sunday 16 September
New Zealand V Australian Diamonds AUCKLAND Thursday 20 September
New Zealand V Australian Diamonds CHRISTCHURCH Sunday 23rd September
2012 QUAD SERIES
Australian Diamonds V England ADELAIDE Sunday 14 October
Australian Diamonds V South Africa NEWCASTLE Wednesday 17 October
Australian Diamonds V New Zealand SYDNEY Sunday 21 October
Australian Diamonds V South Africa WELLINGTON NZ Sunday 25 October
Australian Diamonds V England TAURANGA NZ Sunday 28 October
Australian Diamonds V New Zealand HAMILTON NZ Thursday 1 November