Sunshine Coast Lightning has announced it will farewell the Club’s Assistant Coach, Christine Voge.
Voge began her journey with Lightning in 2018 as a Development Coach, where she coached the Lightning players who played for the Northern Territory Storm — Lightning’s first affiliated ANL team.
She then went on to become the Lightning Assistant Coach for three seasons from 2020 to 2022 and was Head Coach of Lightning’s ANC team in 2021 and 2022.
Voge — who recently accepted an offer with UniSport Australia as National Event Manager/Operations — said she is looking forward to a new challenge back in sport management and events, as well as being closer to home and family.
“I’ve loved being part of the SCL team and community over the past 5 years in a development coach to assistant coach role, which has been something that I have worked for across my coaching career,” she said.
“Working with the best coaches, staff and athletes to help the Club’s performance and learn from each other is what I have enjoyed the most, from the SSN level stakeholders to our pathway programs and local teams and associations.
“While undergoing cancer treatment across 2021 the friendship and support of the club and local community is something I am extremely grateful for and will never forget”.
Lightning CEO, Danielle Smith said Chris made an impact on many players in guiding them through to the elite level.
“Chris has been instrumental in establishing and growing the UniSC Netball Academy, while also providing strong pathway support for the USC Thunder team. She has guided many of our players through the ranks from pathway teams to Suncorp Super Netball. As Assistant Coach, she was also a key contributor to Lightning’s SSN finals’ appearances in 2020 and 2021” she said.
“While we are sad to see Chris depart from the Club, we are excited to see what her next adventure entails, and we wish her all the best in the future.”
The Club is currently in the process of recruiting a new Assistant Coach under the leadership of new Head Coach, Belinda Reynolds.