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Head Coach Kylee Byrne’s Update On Phumza Maweni

In a time of uncertainty, we received fantastic news – not only for our Club but for the whole Super Netball League this week – being granted Australian government permission for our International athletes to return to Australia and their respective clubs.

For Sunshine Coast Lightning this is especially pertinent, as it means that Phumza Maweni can return to the country after spending time in South Africa with her family.

We need these athletes back in Australia and ready to compete, so that the revised 2020 season can still deliver on being the world’s best netball competition.

We’d especially like to thank NA Deputy CEO Nadine Cohen for her tireless work in securing these government exemptions for all of these athletes.

When travel restrictions came into place in March, our absolute priority was to support Phumza and her return to South Africa to be with her family. Her mental health and wellbeing remained the priority throughout this time. Her return home did not come without its obstacles, and we continued to support Phumza as best we could, while ensuring her safe return to South Africa as quickly as possible.

Now that we have the green light for her return into Australia, we are working with the League and appropriate government authorities on her re-entry back into Queensland and having her back on the Sunshine Coast with her ‘Lightning family’.

After a breakthrough year in 2019, to have Phumza back is not only exciting but I can’t wait to see what she brings to our team and the competition.  She has a year of knowledge and experience under her belt and this situation has only added to her strength and resilience.

I can’t wait to see her back on the court, doing what she does best!

View Suncorp Super Netball’s full release regarding the return of international athletes, as well as further updates on the 2020 Season here.