Lightning Local Legend Receives 4 Nominations

At Sunshine Coast Lightning we recognise how privileged we are to live as part of the Coast Community.

Through our Local Legend Awards nomination process, members of the community have shone the light on the incredible work being done to help and support others.

One such nominee has made such an impression on others, that he has been nominated 4 times – and once you hear his story, there is little doubt as to why.

Mark Forbes is a father who has gone above and beyond to help the community when he identified a lack of support for families and individuals suffering from eating disorders.

It evolved from the small gesture of Mark and Gay opening their home to like-minded families, to now becoming co-founder of endED.

EndED is a not for profit which focuses on creating hope and healthy outcomes for people touched by eating disorders, including patients, families and the wider community.

Through personal sacrifice, government lobbying and local support, endED now includes a live-in facility for patients, wide ranging support in the community, a social enterprise cafe and above all a safe space.

The impact and lasting legacy of the program, however, spans so much further.

We’re on the lookout for other incredible individuals who are making a difference in our community. No matter what industry or role they play. We want the community to nominate their Local Legend.


Nominations are online and can include nominating yourself or someone deserving of being recognised from the Sunshine Coast community (just make sure they know you are nominating them!).

This is not a netball specific award. It’s open to anyone in the community of any age who is positively contributing to the local community.

 Nominations will close on Friday 7 May 2021 and Legends will begin to be selected from Monday 10 May 2021.

View the nomination form

View the Lightning’s Local Legends Guidelines 


Each Legend (with a guest) will be invited to a 2021 home game at USC Stadium and be treated to a day out at the netball including being formally recognised at the game and meeting Laura on the court after the match!

At the end of 2021 Suncorp Super Netball Season, all seven Legends will be invited to come along to the Community Thank You event and meet the whole team.

For more information or to nominate for the Local Legend Awards, click here.