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Resurgent Chelsea Pitman making Australia’s netball loss England’s gain

The 29-year-old reveals how walking away from Australia and a failing marriage to rugby league star Kevin Locke have been the making of her, as she looks forward to the Commonwealth Games

Last summer, Chelsea Pitman posted a message on Instagram announcing some of the life lessons she had learned in 2017. It was raw, searingly honest and heartfelt, apparently confirming rumours the Australian‑born England netball international had walked away from her marriage to her fellow professional athlete Kevin Locke. A rugby league international from New Zealand who had a short spell at the Super League side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Locke has had depression and alcohol problems that mean his playing career has been persistently dogged by off-field issues.

Without mentioning her husband directly, Pitman wrote of her “self‑loathing at the person I had become” and explained how she had felt compelled to “find a way to love myself”. She said she was “thankful for the good times and the lesson I have learnt” and signed off by saying: “This isn’t finger-pointing because in the end we both failed.” It seemed a fairly unambiguous declaration and five months later she confirms as much.

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