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Lightning Principal Partner Downer Group Re-Commit Ahead Of 2020

Sunshine Coast Lightning has today announced that Downer will continue on as a Principal Partner in 2020, in what is a massive coup for the Club.

Lightning CEO Danielle Smith praised Downer’s continued support from the Club’s inaugural season, which has seen the Club participate in three consecutive grand finals, winning back-to-back premierships in 2017 and 2018.

“We are thrilled to secure Downer as our Principal Partner as we head into the 2020 season. As a foundation partner, Downer has played an important role in the Club’s short history,” Smith said.

“In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation that we currently face, the support from the wider community, including our corporate partners, is integral to the ongoing success of this Club.

“The brand alignment between Downer and Lightning has been clear from the beginning. We both put people and customers first in everything that we do, with our combined relationships creating success.

“While there is a level of uncertainty around the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season, this partnership is much deeper than just netball and the synergies between the two organisations circle back to people and community.”

Downer Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Michael Sharp, said that Downer is very pleased to be renewing its partnership with the club.

“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate, but this partnership means much more than that to us. It is a reflection of the interests of our employees and customers who participate in netball in some way and also the diversity that a group of people bring to achieving a common goal,” Sharp said.

Downer employs more than 53,000 people across more than 300 sites, across Australia, New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.

The organisation has key links to the Sunshine Coast community, with the Bli Bli plant supplying asphalt as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport master plan extension.

The plant is also providing asphalt for the Bruce Highway upgrade between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway, which is part of Queensland’s largest road infrastructure program.

Downer also invests in other sports, including existing partnerships with the women’s Black Ferns and Maori All Blacks representative sides in New Zealand.

The news of the re-signing comes in the lead up to Lightning’s fourth season in the Suncorp Super Netball league.