Hunt Calls Lightning Home
Mixed emotions punctuated 2020 for Binnian Hunt but making her debut for Sunshine Coast Lightning is the pinnacle memory that stands out from an uncertain year.
The Training Partner benefited from an invaluable developmental opportunity, being named in Lightning’s extended 2020 squad for the majority of the season, capped off by the Suncorp Super Netball debut.
“Covid at first was a difficult time for me. I wasn’t able to see one of my brother’s until November this year, due to him being a part of the NRL bubble,” Hunt said.
“That was tough because my family and I are so close.
“At the same time, Covid was a blessing in disguise, because I was able to live my dream of being a professional netball player and making my debut.
“Being a squad member opened the opportunity for game time, so for me, it was learning how I can be that impact player and provide what my team needed at that time. I loved it.”
Hunt remained composed in the goal circle, despite the higher standard, and will no doubt take that experience into 2021, having re-signed with Lightning for another year.
The upcoming season marks Hunt’s fourth with the Club and the shooter credits Lightning for her maturation both as a player and a person.
“It’s always an honour to be a part of the Lightning environment,” she said.
“It’s something that is very special to me due to the bond that I’ve created with the girls and the Club.
“I feel like being with the team for my fourth year, I’ve been able to learn but also see where I can take myself and my game moving forward.
“I feel like I’ve matured as a player and as a woman while I’ve been in this environment and Lightning have been at the forefront of supporting that growth.”
Hunt has become an integral member of the wider squad in her time at the Club and has cultivated close relationships within the team.
She says she’s forged a particularly strong bond with fellow shooter Peace Proscovia but is inspired by each and every individual.
“Lightning is home for me,” she said.
“If anything, I always find myself drawn back to the possibilities that Lightning can provide for me.
“Everyone knows what we stand for, which makes us super united.
“They’re all a bunch of legends that motivate and inspire in their own unique way.”