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CEO Smith Thrilled For SSN Season Start

Final preparations for the Suncorp Super Netball opener are in full swing and Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said it was an excellent result for a full 60 game season to go ahead.

“We are so thrilled that the SSN, the world’s best netball league, will be returning for another magnificent season, commencing on 1st August,” Smith said.

Smith is hopeful that all Lightning Members and fans will embrace the SSN season, especially given the number of games that will be played locally at USC Stadium as part of the Queensland hub format in 2020.

“As the premier female sporting code in Australia, we encourage you to come along to as many netball games as you can, to enjoy the thrilling double header matches, and also support our opposition teams during their time in Queensland,” she said.

“The condensed season means that there will be greater opportunities to attend, including Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

“We can’t wait to finally see our most passionate Members in person, cheering from the USC Stadium stands.”

While the season being played out in Queensland is a unique opportunity for Lightning and the Sunshine Coast, Smith also took time to acknowledge the sacrifice that many individuals were forced to make for the competition to go ahead.

Six of the opposition teams will be located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast for up to 12 weeks in the hub style format, although there are concessions for select games to be played interstate if the border restrictions allow.

“It is not lost on us the personal sacrifice that opposition teams are making, relocating their lives for an extended period of time – away from family, friends and the comfort of home,” she said.

“We are truly grateful for their selflessness and professionalism, and we will continue to assist their transition and make them feel at home in Queensland.

“We also want to acknowledge that there are many fans nation-wide who will not be afforded the same opportunity that we have to see live netball this season, an unfortunate outcome of needing to make decisions to ensure the viability of the competition, through the challenges of COVID-19 impacts like border restrictions on travel.”

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