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The girl on fire

GRETEL BUETA (Class of 2010) - Netballer, businesswoman, mum and past student Gretel is blazing every trail.
Gretel Bueta plays for Australia at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Alex Livesey, Getty Images
Gretel Bueta plays for Australia at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Alex Livesey, Getty Images

When Gretel Bueta (née Tippett, Class of 2010) dominated the courts at All Saints, she was best known as "the basketball girl".

However, after a career pivot following graduation, Gretel has since become one of Australia's shining stars in Netball.

Gretel has played more than 100 games for the Queensland Firebirds over nine seasons, plus more than 50 games as a Diamond, and in 2019 she received the sport's highest individual accolade in Australia - the Liz Ellis Award.

One of her major career highlights was a stellar performance at the Commonwealth Games with the Australian Diamonds in 2022.

"Winning gold over in London, having my family there - my son, my parents and my husband - it was an amazing feeling, and with a team of girls that I've grown up with," she says.

Gretel says it was incredible to return to All Saints for the Gretel Tippett Cup in 2023, where she presented the awards and met many young fans throughout the day.

"I love seeing young girls play the sport that I love, enjoying themselves and pushing themselves to do better, and I thought their skills on the day were phenomenal," says Gretel.

"I feel like every year I come back to All Saints for the Gretel Tippett Cup it just gets bigger and better, and the people who organise it are incredible."

Gretel was on leave for the Firebirds' season last year after welcoming her second boy Toby into the world, alongside husband Niko and son Bobby.

Recently, Gretel also partnered with DrinkWise to raise awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), reminding Australians about the importance of not drinking alcohol during all stages of the pregnancy journey including planning and breastfeeding.

She is looking forward to 2024 and draws inspiration from other strong mums in sport and beyond.

"I have a very understanding husband which helps, and it is always a juggle, but there's so many incredible mums out there that can do anything, and I really look up to them for advice;' says Gretel.

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