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Lightning Opt For Personalised Pre-Season Programs

A tailored, holistic approach has been adopted by Sunshine Coast Lightning in the initial stages of the 2020 pre-season.

With over five months remaining until Round One of the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN), Lightning have deviated from a cookie cutter approach to training and instead are focusing on individual’s needs.

An intensive international netball calendar over the past 18 months in part influenced such an individualised approach, while also taking into account the Club’s three consecutive SSN Grand Final appearances in as many years.

Multiple Lightning athletes have represented their country in demanding Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup campaigns, as well as additional representative tournaments.

But there’s also forward thinking from Lightning’s coaching and high performance team, looking at what opportunities and demands may be placed on athletes in the coming years and how to best serve the team in the leadup to the 2020 season.

“We’ve done a really tailored individual pre-season this year,” Head Coach Kylee Byrne said.

“We had a bit of a longer term look at the athletes… It’s not just about this year, we’ve looked at where they’ve been in the past two years and what potentially might come up for them in the next two years – especially around international matches.”

While the majority of the playing group will return to Lightning headquarters next week, some teammates have been training through, while others will not return to the full program until the new year.

“Some are on a break or an extended break just to have that real time away from netball, which is so important,” she said.

“Some are already back in the gym because it’s what they need physically, or mentally it keeps them happy.

“They are going to build fitness and strength but we’re making this end of the season quite flexible and then come January we’ll hit the ground running.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning will face NSW Swifts on Sunday 3 May 2020 in the season opener, while a formalised pre-season competition format is yet to be announced.