No Wasted Opportunities For Annika On Court

When it comes to Season 2020, Annika Lee-Jones wants to leave everything out on court.

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s youngest player is determined to let her actions build a case for increased court time this season and is willing to put in the hard work at training to develop her fitness and craft.

“My goals this season are to continue to improve on what I gained last year and to get more court time,” Lee-Jones said.

“I will continue to improve and put my best foot forward at training and in the pre-season games.

“I want to leave everything out on the court each time I step out there.”

One thing that has impressed the defender after her first season at Lightning is the Club’s commitment to ensuring all ten squad members are ready to take to the court at any time.

“I think that’s a very key thing here at Lightning – they are making sure everyone is ready to go, just in case something happens in the middle of the game,” she said.

“You never know what is going to happen.

“I think it’s awesome that they do that and it makes sure we all keep our head in the game, which I think is very important.”

Lee-Jones took to the court in four games last season for Lightning, including precious minutes in the Grand Final against NSW Swifts which she believes will benefit her development long term.

“It’s always helpful to play in those pressure situations to get that experience under your belt,” she said.

“It will be helpful going into this season if I am put on when games are tighter or it’s tough.”

Lee-Jones said resuming group training and court sessions this week made the 2020 season feel “more real” and saw a lift in energy and excitement among the playing group.

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