Smith Recognised As Sports Administrator Of The Year

Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith was honoured at last week’s QSport Awards named Sports Administrator of the Year for 2021. The award recognises the achievements of Queensland’s leading CEOs and administrators each year. The Club CEO and Melbourne Storm Board Director has been a strong advocate for sport in Queensland during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]


Sunshine Coast Lightning shooters Steph Wood and Cara Koenen will embark on their first international campaign side by side, with the pair today named in the 2021/22 Australian Diamonds lineup. Netball Australia today announced the five shooters in the Diamonds team, with Wood and Koenen joined by Gretel Bueta (Queensland Firebirds), Sophie Garbin (Collingwood SN) […]


The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Melbourne Storm Group (owners of the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club) today announced details of a new partnership that will signal a new era for Sunshine Coast Lightning. The Melbourne Storm Group has become the sole owner of Sunshine Coast Lightning following the decision by USC […]

Australia, South Africa To Take Part in Quad Series in 2022

The Quad Series is returning to the international netball calendar in January 2022, with Australian Origin Diamonds, New Zealand Silver Ferns, England Vitality Roses and South Africa’s SPAR Proteas teams set to participate. The eight-game series will be played in London from the 16 January to the 20 January 2022, with Sunshine Coast Lightning players […]

Season Two Has Mahalia Aiming High

A second pre-season in Sunshine Coast Lightning colours excites Mahalia Cassidy. Now she understands the environment and expectations of the Club, the midcourter is eager to build on last season and prime herself for her biggest season yet. “I’m actually really just excited to get another pre-season up here,” Cassidy said. “When changing programs there’s […]

Hinchliffe Grateful For Lightning’s Diamond Duo

Tara Hinchliffe is no stranger with going toe to toe with the Sunshine Coast Lightning attacking duo in Steph Wood and Cara Koenen on match day. The defender says the opportunity to now train against the Origin Diamond shooters week in, week out will only benefit her game. “At the Queensland Firebirds, the biggest thing […]

Lightning Win Sunshine Coast Business Award

Sunshine Coast Lightning has been recognised at the coveted Sunshine Coast Business Awards, named winner of the Festivals and Events (Tourism) Category during Saturday evening’s ceremony.   The accolades are a strong endorsement of what Lightning has been able to successfully deliver, despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on sport and major events in recent seasons.   This is the second time in […]

Change Brings New Energy To Lightning

Sunshine Coast Lightning headquarters is abuzz this week with pre-season preparations officially beginning and Head Coach Kylee Byrne is already pleased with how the team is coming together. Forming bonds is an important first step for the group, who are focusing on gym and track conditioning sessions before they resume court training in the coming […]

Lightning Invest In Future With Six Confirmed Training Partners

Sunshine Coast Lightning has identified a need to prioritise emerging Queensland talent in 2022, providing six athletes with Training Partner contracts. The Club confirmed Annie Lawrie, Ashlee Unie and Maddie Hinchliffe would remain at the Club earlier this week as Training Partners. Head Coach Kylee Byrne is thrilled to announce three new faces in Jada […]

SSN Evolution Will See Shift in Strategy

Improvement across the board in the Suncorp Super Netball league in recent seasons has Head Coach Kylee Byrne closely inspecting what the Sunshine Coast Lightning style of play will look like in 2022. The commitment from Lightning and its competitors to push the envelope across sport science, conditioning and game strategy has seen different priorities […]