Sunshine Coast Lightning has officially launched its Unitywater Lightning Cup, a school-aged netball carnival that aims to provide an opportunity for primary school students in years five and six in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region to play netball in a fun and inclusive environment.
In its inaugural year (2022) more than 700 students representing 72 teams gathered at Sunshine Coast Netball Association to battle it out for the Lightning (Championship), Thunder (Development) and Storm (boys) Cups. There was also a multi-class Come & Try session for kids with physical and intellectual disabilities.
The event will once again include a number of multi-class sessions open to boys and girls aged up to 18 years, and will be run by Sunshine Coast Lightning athletes and club mascot Lucy Lightning.
Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO, Danielle Smith said she’s looking forward to another successful carnival that puts inclusivity at its core.
“We were blown away by the response from last years’ event, and we can’t wait to build on that success this year while celebrating the talent of our young netballers here on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
“It’s incredibly important to us at Sunshine Coast Lightning to provide a space where everyone feels included and can get involved in the sport we all love, which is why our multi-class sessions are the perfect environment to get in and have a go.”
Local water supplier Unitywater has come on board this year as presenting partner, showing their support for an event that aligns with the organisation’s objectives and values.
As proud Partners of the event, Unitywater’s Manager Communications and Engagement, Jana Dore said the partnership was a way to invest in the young talent within our community.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this year’s Unitywater Lightning Cup! Our ongoing partnership with the Sunshine Coast Lightning is more than fostering a love for netball or learning about water — it’s our way of backing our community’s young talent, and of investing in their healthy, sustainable futures,” she said.
A Lightning Strike Zone will be available on the day, including merchandise, food trucks and free activities, as well as special appearances throughout the day by Lightning athletes.
For more information and details on how to register, visit https://sunshinecoastlightning.com.au/unitywater-lightning-cup/