Lightning Retain 2020 Player Of The Year Karla Pretorius

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s 2020 Player of the Year Karla Pretorius has officially re-committed to the Club ahead of the 2021 season.

The Vice Captain confirmed she would don Lightning colours for a fifth season last night at the Club’s annual awards night, as Lightning continue to shore up their 2021 squad.

Pretorius topped the honours list during the awards’ ceremony, adding a third consecutive Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year award to her enviable list of career accolades.

The 30-year-old said she was excited to see what next season had in store.

“I’ve grown so much as a player and person in my time at Lightning and I’m excited to continue on with this group of players and coaches next season,” Pretorius said.

“What we’ve built at Lightning is unique and I have such a strong belief in what we are trying to achieve.

“I just feel fortunate to be able to play on at Lightning and to play my role in the team.”

Head Coach Kylee Byrne credited Pretorius as the ultimate team player and said her presence on court makes her teammates stand taller.

“Karla is an incredible athlete with such a innate knowledge and understanding of our sport, she’s really a pleasure to coach,” Byrne said.

“What is so impressive is that despite Karla being in the top echelon of players in the world, she is so dedicated to improving her craft and getting the best out of herself in every game and every training session.

“We are a better team when Karla is out on court and I am on the edge of my seat to see what she can produce in 2021 and beyond.”

Pretorius is the third player to be confirmed as part of Lightning’s 2021 team, with fellow African nationals Phumza Maweni and Peace Proscovia also re-committing to the Club ahead of next season.