Mentor to lead Lightning again

Respected leader, Geva Mentor has been endorsed by Sunshine Coast Lightning to Captain the side for a second straight Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season after an overwhelming show of support by the playing group.

The leadership structure was voted on by the athletes, with Mentor then elected as Captain in consultation with the Club’s Coaching staff and Chief Executive Officer.

During the rigorous process the wealth of emerging talent was recognised and as a result the leadership model could be expanded in 2019 to factor in more athletes.

The side’s inaugural skipper, Mentor rose to the occasion this season winning the SSN Player of the Year award, gaining selection in the SSN Team of the Year at Goal Keeper, earning Lightning’s Player of the Year gong and collecting Sunshine Coast’s Players’ Player of the Year trophy.

“It is a great honour to be Captain of this foundation Club and it is a job I take extremely seriously,” Mentor said.

“We have a tremendous team here which makes my job easier. Everyone has a voice and everyone has a say.

“Opportunities like this do not happen often and I want to make the most of it.

“Winning the premiership was an incredible achievement for me personally but just as memorable was being asked to lead this fantastic bunch of athletes. I cannot wait to do it again.”

Mentor will be supported by Vice-Captain, Caitlin Bassett who was part of a three-person leadership group this year which included Laura Langman.

Bassett said Mentor’s guidance and experience helped her develop as a leader during Lightning’s debut campaign.

“The way Geva conducts herself and sets the tone for others is inspiring,” Bassett explained.

“I want to lead by example and the best way to do that is consistently play my role.

“I am ready to take on the job and I know this group is special.

“It is a privilege to be Vice-Captain of this premiership-winning team and I am looking forward to developing further in the role next year.”

Lightning Coach, Noeline Taurua had no hesitation in asking the 166-game veteran and the English international to combine for a second season.

“The pair have the respect of the squad and lead by example on and off the court,” Taurua said.

“Geva and Caitlin are highly-rated around the Club and I am sure both players will excel next season.

“They are selfless, put the Club first and inspire those around them which is important.”