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Lightning Partner With Council For Australia Day Awards

Sunshine Coast Lightning are proud to partner with the Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day Awards to present the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2021.

Lightning CEO Danielle Smith and player Cara Koenen joined Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson to introduce the new award yesterday at Cotton Tree.

The Outstanding Achievement Award will recognise an individual or organisation from one of the categories who has specifically gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smith said the Club is proud to be associated with the awards and as the 2018 recipients in the Sport and Recreation category, know firsthand how special this public acknowledgement is.

“The Sunshine Coast community have wholeheartedly embraced Lightning from day one, so we’re honoured to have this opportunity to give back,” Smith said.

“It’s the people that make the Sunshine Coast so special and we feel privileged to be able to highlight and recognise just some of the incredible personal contributions through this award.”

Cara Koenen said she looked forward to celebrating all the wonderful stories of the nominees.

“It’s one of our core values at Sunshine Coast Lightning to go above and beyond… so to have the honour of working in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Council to present this award, it is a great privilege,” Koenen said.

“We’re truly excited to see the nominations rolling in and can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of all the award nominees and their incredible contributions throughout this pandemic.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson called on the Sunshine Coast community to nominate those deserving of recognition across each of the categories including Citizen of the Year, Community, Environment, Creative or Sport and Recreation.

“There’s no doubt this has been an incredibly difficult year for us all and there are still many challenges we will need to face, particularly for those working on the front line in health, education, community services and many other sectors helping to look after our community,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It’s impossible to express the level of gratitude we all have for those people, however by creating this award, we hope to provide one more avenue for our community to say thank you.

“If you know someone deserving of this recognition, please take the time to nominate them for an award.”

 Nominate a Sunshine Coast resident today via this link.