Lightning to strike twice on Sunshine Coast this weekend

The Today Show returns to the Sunshine Coast this weekend, with Steve Jacobs presenting live weather crosses from Cotton Tree (Saturday) and Caloundra (Sunday).

The weather crew is being brought to the Sunshine Coast by Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council to support the first home game by the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday 26 February.

Following a thrilling draw with Queensland Firebirds in the opening round, Lightning is hoping to go one step further and secure its first competition win against Melbourne Vixens at the USC Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The Lightning team will be at Cotton Tree beach from 6:00am on Saturday to join ‘Stevie’ Jacobs and the Today crew. Lightning stars Geva Mentor, Laura Langman and Caitlin Bassett, who have more than 300 international Test caps between them, will take part in drills and share tips with local netballers while showing off the spectacular location to a national audience. Netballers and fans from around the Sunshine Coast are invited to come down and meet the heroes of Australian netball.

This will be the first time Stevie Jacobs has returned to the Sunshine Coast to host Today’s weather since retiring from the weekday show after 12 years of presenting weather on the national breakfast show. He now lives in Vanuatu with his family, but returns regularly to Australia to present Weekend Today’s weather.

He will be hoping that while Lightning might strike in the netball, that otherwise the forecast of predicted sunny weather for the weekend will attract big crowds to both Cotton Tree on Saturday and at the Caloundra Street Fair on Sunday, where Weekend Today’s weather will be presented from 6:00am.

The Caloundra Street Fair is opening early for this Sunday to provide plenty of activity, fresh produce and colourful characters for Stevie to capture over breakfast.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, said it was fantastic to have the Today Show putting a national spotlight on both Lightning and the region’s famed markets.

“Lightning almost pulled off a remarkable win in their first round of the Suncorp Super Netball Season, so they are really pumped for this weekend’s first home game, and it is great that we can share their enthusiasm with all netball fans on the Coast and the rest of Australia,” said Latchford.

“We have a great team and they will be practising and meeting fans in a beautiful setting at Cotton Tree so we urge everyone to come down and meet the team and welcome back Stevie to the Coast.

“We also wanted to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s renowned markets, so Stevie and Today will be broadcasting from the Caloundra Street Fair from 6:00am on Sunday. It will be great to have the street full of early risers showing just how attractive it is to live in and visit the Sunshine Coast.”


Photo: Darren Smith, Fotoflair.