Mayor is the main man for Lightning
As netball in Australia embarks on an exciting period of professionalism with tomorrow’s launch of the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball competition, Sunshine Coast Lightning is in the midst of strong commercial growth.
Lightning is thrilled to announce a group of successful and well-respected organisations that have committed to the Club. Sunshine Coast Council, Visit Sunshine Coast, Hostplus, Nissan, Samsung, Game Clothing and University of the Sunshine Coast, as well as Method Products, Hot FM and White’s IGA are supporting the region’s first elite sports team.
With positive corporate backing, world-class athletes, rising membership numbers and a passionate fan base, the Club is on the cusp of an exciting and momentous period in its brief history.
Lightning CEO, Danielle Smith said the Club was delighted to have secured such significant corporate partners in a short period.
“Our partners comprise international, national and local organisations. All are respected businesses that share a culture of high performance and pursuit of excellence, just like Lightning does,” explained Smith.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for us. We are growing our reputation in the Australian sporting landscape and these sponsorship deals reflect the growing strength of our Club and brand.”
Part of that growth can be attributed to the unwavering support from the Sunshine Coast community. With a thriving economy and the tenth largest population base in the country, the region is perfectly positioned to consolidate on its first professional sports team to contest a national competition.
“Sport is a wonderful way to connect with the community and this partnership gives Sunshine Coast Council and its tourism sector a high-profile sport to share its messages on free to air TV. They can promote this wonderful region to many Australians right across the country,” said Smith.
“The Sunshine Coast Council is one of the most innovative councils in the country, which aligns well with Lightning. One of the key objectives of the Club is to be innovative in everything we do and constantly strive for excellence.”
Mayor Mark Jamieson’s advocacy for the Sunshine Coast region to establish an elite netball team was a driving force in Lightning becoming a reality, and the Club is delighted to announce the Mayor has been chosen as its number one ticket holder for the 2017 season.
Before Mayor Jamieson was first elected in May 2012, he was Chief Executive Officer of Australian Provincial News and Media. Cr Jamieson is currently the President of Queensland’s Local Government Association of Queensland.
Smith said Cr Jamieson’s positive impact on the community was instrumental in the second-term Mayor securing the coveted role this year.
“The Mayor is the ultimate ambassador for this Club and thoroughly deserves this recognition,” Smith said.
“His devotion to this community is unwavering and his enthusiasm for Lightning makes him the perfect candidate to be our inaugural number one ticket holder.
“Sunshine Coast Council’s support and passion for Lightning will help the Club be a success on and off the court.”
Mayor Jamieson said it was an honour to receive the number one ticketholder card on behalf of the citizens of the Sunshine Coast.
“In just a short period the Lightning have already become well loved by our Sunshine Coast community,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“They are breaking new ground for elite sport in our region and I know their members and fans are very excited that the season is about to get underway.
“When they take to the court tomorrow night, the Lightning join a competition in which the Sunshine Coast is the only regional participant, competing with the might of teams from our nation’s capitals.
“Congratulations to everyone involved with the Lightning in preparing our players for the challenges ahead.”
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