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Lightning Athletes Relish Training Together Once Again

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s return to group training this week has brought with it an equal measure of hard work and laughter.

The excitement amongst the group was evident across both court and gym sessions, with nine squad members and four training partners taking part across the week.

Shooter Cara Koenen said the team’s collective commitment to training and conditioning in isolation has put them in good stead, as they reintroduce netball specific movements and skills.

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“That first workout and each session since has been filled with laughter, catch ups, and of course some serious hard work,” Koenen said.

“We have all made a real effort to maintain, and even improve, our cardio fitness during isolation.

“This has meant that we have been able to get ball-in-hand right away, without having to be concerned with extra conditioning.”

Lightning will continue to follow strict protocols at each training session, taking into account Queensland and federal government, Super Netball League and USC’s guidelines.

Protocols implemented in both gym and court sessions include temperature checks, sanitisation stations, daily symptom and wellness monitoring, disinfecting all equipment between each use and non-contact, socially distant training measures.

Phumza Maweni is currently completing the mandatory 14 day quarantine period after returning from South Africa this week.