NT Athletes Benefit From Lightning Visit

Sunshine Coast Lightning travelled north in recent weeks with Peace Proscovia and Laura Scherian spending time in the Northern Territory engaging with local netballers and the community.

Netball Northern Territory organised for the two players to visit Darwin and Alice Springs respectively, to help facilitate netball clinics and a range of activities.

The visits were part of Netball NT’s newly introduced Academy Development Program, exposing emerging athletes to an intensive three-day clinic hosted by top tier coaches, as well as the Lightning players.

Lightning Assistant Coach Christine Voge said the regional visits provided an excellent opportunity to continue the Club’s work with athletes who do not have access to more traditional pathways.

“There are so many incredible netballers who hail from regional areas, so it’s great to see this program take place across two weekends and as a Club we had no hesitation in becoming involved,” Voge said.

“As the league’s only regionally based Club we feel strongly about giving all emerging athletes access to quality resources and experiences.

“With over 50 netballers attending the Darwin sessions alone, we’re confident the program was a success and that they benefited from the knowledge Peace and Laura were able to impart.

“I know Peace and Laura took a lot from the experience, while visiting two beautiful parts of our country.”

Proscovia said she felt privileged to visit the Northern Territory and to contribute to the new Academy Development Program.

“At the end of the day to me the most important thing is the impact I leave in their life in regards to their career,” Proscovia told 9 News Darwin.

Lightning has developed a strong connection with Netball NT since the Club’s inception, with Lightning players competing as part of the Territory Storm team in 2018 and 2019 in the Deakin University Australian Netball League (DUANL).

Before taking on her current role, Voge coached the Territory Storm side for two seasons as part of her position of Lightning Pathways Coach.