Hervey Bay Locals Learn To Train Like Lightning
Aspiring netballers in the Wide Bay Region were given a taste of how to train like an elite Sunshine Coast Lightning player at an open training session held today during the Club’s community visit.
With just five Lightning players remaining in Queensland during the Vitality Netball World Cup break, USC Academy members were given the call up to train alongside the professionals.
Shooter Cara Koenen, who originally hails from regional Queensland herself, was excited to get the talented young locals on the court to run through a training session and see what they can do.
“As part of the Sunshine Coast region we wanted to be able to reach out a little bit in this unique break,” Koenen said.
“Heralding from a regional area of Queensland myself, I’m really passionate about getting out to community groups that don’t always get these opportunities and to work with some really, really cool kids.”
The USC Academy students joined in on an open court session that forms part of Lightning’s regular training regime and Koenen was excited to see how the new faces could contribute.
“Our Tuesday sessions are our court sessions, so we will be looking to run through some ball skills and strategy,” she said.
“Having only five of us left over, it’s a little bit tricky to run through court strategies at the moment but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got.
“There’s so much talent in regional areas of Queensland, so to be able to give them this opportunity and give them a taste of what it’s like to train as part of Lightning, hopefully the girls appreciate the opportunity and I think it’ll be awesome to get to know them and play some netball.”
In the VNWC19 break, Lightning are focusing on strengthening their own connections on court and taking an internal look at their strategies – without focusing on any one particular opposition.
“Usually in our court sessions we have a mixture between individual skills and team-oriented skills and strategies,” Midcourter Jacqui Russell said.
“We’re building our connections amongst the five of us, obviously these Academy Girls will step in to be some extra bodies in attack and defence today.
Russell said these training sessions in the break are of particular importance so the current Lightning cohort can be best prepared for the unpredictable nature of the back end of the season.
“It’ll be a tough road towards the finals, we’re sitting in a good position at the moment but you never know what will happen after World Cup,” she said.
“We’re just making sure that we’re working hard while the girls are away so we’re prepared to step up if we need to – and making sure the training is at a good intensity for when they do come back.
“We’re not sure how some of them will be feeling in mind and body after such a tough tournament, so we’re making sure we’re as ready as we can be.”