Shimmin ‘Loving Life’ At Lightning

One month in and Kate Shimmin has seamlessly adjusted to life as a Sunshine Coast Lightning athlete, embracing the people, facilities and, of course, the new locale.

The defender has already shown leadership attributes while adjusting to the dynamic of the new group and has proven to be a solid addition to Lightning’s 2021 squad.

“What I’m loving about Lightning is the level of professionalism that this team has,” she said.

“The girls are striving to be better every day, not just on the court but off the court as well – it’s an empowering environment to be around.

“I am so lucky to be here and can’t wait to see what this team can do in 2021.”

The sea change is also suiting Shimmin, keeping her grounded in between the demanding pre-season training sessions.

“I’m absolutely loving it, not only the players and the team but the Sunshine Coast itself, it’s a really good place to live,” Shimmin said.

“Without a doubt I miss my family and I love Adelaide but these opportunities only come around once in a lifetime.

“I live a kilometre from the beach, so every morning I’m at the beach with my dog and loving life.”

Shimmin’s expected to bring versatility to Lightning’s defensive circle and has been an experienced head at training while South Africa duo Karla Pretorius and Phumza Maweni remain abroad.

The defender said the focus at training has been regaining touch with ball in hand and beginning to build on connections and game strategy. 

“It’s about getting back on the court and getting kilometres in the legs, just getting used to being out there again,” she said.

“We are getting to play with our angles, leading to the ball, catching and what to do from there.

“We’ve been off the court for about six months, so it’s time to get back in and learn how to play netball again.”

Previous to Lightning, Shimmin has years of experience playing for Adelaide Thunderbirds (2011-16, 2018-20) and Queensland Firebirds (2017).

The defender also has four test caps representing the English Roses on the international stage.