Sunshine Coast Lightning has announced six Training Partners and two extended training squad members for the Suncorp Super Netball 2024 season.

The Club’s Training Partner roster is diverse and impressive, including three players from the 2023 roster, one returning Lightning athlete, two up-and-comers from Lightning’s pathway program and two males — for the first time ever.

Speedy mid-courter Annie Miller who can play both Wing Attack and Centre, will sign as a Training Partner in 2024, after two seasons with Lightning under her belt.

Charlie Bell and Shannon Eagland — who both signed with Lightning in 2023 on replacement player contracts — will take up the next two Training Partner spots. Eagland continues her rehabilitation from a ruptured ACL injury sustained in Round 7 of the 2023 season.

A player who is no stranger to the Lightning environment is Maddie Hinchliffe, who made her SSN debut for Lightning in Round 14 of 2021 and was awarded a Permanent Replacement Player contract for the 2023 season.

Hinchliffe spent the 2022 season with the Collingwood Magpies, but will now return to the Sunshine Coast and be reconnected with her twin sister, Tara.

Sunshine Coast Thunder and Queensland 19U players Jada Delaney and Baylee Boyd have received their first official Training Partner call-up with Lightning.

Sunshine Coast local Delaney has flown through the Netball Queensland pathways, most recently as part of the gold-winning U17 team at the recent National Netball Championships, Lightning’s ANC (Australian Netball Championships) side and the Australian Fast5 team at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games. Delaney is a tall and agile defender with an impressive vertical jump.

Boyd, another Sunshine Coast local and along with Delaney played in Lightning’s ANC team in 2023, was recently named in the all-star Sapphire Series line-up and brings immense speed and smarts to the mid court.

For the first time in Lightning’s history, the Club will welcome two male athletes to the extended training squad — Jordon Webb and Lachlan Carter.

Both athletes are part of the Queensland Suns program and have represented Queensland at a number of national tournaments, with shooter Webb recently touring with the Australian men’s side at the Fast Five World Series tournament.

Lightning Head Coach Belinda Reynolds said the 2024 training partners were exciting and will be an asset in the training environment.

“We are fortunate to have such a depth of talent in our training partner list for this year. There is a diverse skillset amongst these athletes which I know will challenge our daily training environment as well as complement our team if called upon this season,” she said.

“Annie, Charlie, Maddie and Shannon all hold significant SSN experience which will add value to our squad both on and off the court. Baylee and Jada are exciting young talents which form part of the Club’s succession planning, whilst Jordon and Lachlan bring not only a wealth of experience but also different physical capacities to challenge our game plan.

“We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our training partners and are excited to have them on board for the 2024 season.”

2024 Training Partners

Annie Miller

Charlie Bell

Shannon Eagland

Maddie Hinchliffe

Baylee Boyd

Jada Delaney

Jordon Webb (Extended Training Squad)

Lachlan Carter (Extended Training Squad)

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