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Routine Keeps Pretorius Level-Headed During Isolation

A consistent yet flexible routine has helped Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Karla Pretorius remain upbeat and motivated throughout self isolation in recent months.

The defender is choosing to view the additional time before the Suncorp Super Netball season as an opportunity to get both her mind and body in peak condition.

“I’ve found it’s important to keep myself busy. The approach I’ve tried to take is to keep a sense of routine,” Pretorius said.

“One thing I’ve really enjoyed is waking up at the same time, going for a walk and having a coffee before setting up the rest of the day.

“It’s nice to have that bit of freedom, still knowing that you have one or two training sessions to complete each day.”

The Suncorp Super Netball this week announced that current training conditions will remain until at least 31 May 2020, to ensure no states are given a competitive advantage as restrictions continue to be lifted.

That means Lightning players will have to wait at least a fortnight before being able to train in larger groups, but Pretorius said the physical separation has not led to the team feeling segregated.

“Despite not being face to face, we’re still really connected at Lightning, which is something that has happened naturally,” she said.

“It’s not something we’ve had to force, which I think shows that we’re in a good space as a Club.

“For me, this has been a really good time to reflect and to delve into the small skills and to get my conditioning up.

“I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to mix up training with bike rides or long runs that you can’t do as much of during the normal netball season.”

Pretorius praised Head Coach Kylee Byrne and the high performance team for their adaptability, innovation and leadership as Lightning prepare for the upcoming season.

The 30-year-old said she’s eager to get back out on court, with Sunday 31 May also the deadline for the Super Netball League Commission to provide more clarity on the SSN Season.

“While there are still many unknowns, we’re in great hands with our coaches and performance staff and I am using this opportunity to make sure I am best-placed physically and mentally for when we can get back out on court,” she said.

“I’m feeling reinvigorated and am really starting to miss netball, so I’m excited to go back to training with the team, when that time comes.”