#9 Karla Pretorius (neé Mostert)
- Position: GD/WD
- Previously Played With: Team Bath (England)
- Age: 30
- Height: 181cm
- Place of Birth: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Karla Pretorius capped off a solid 2020 campaign being named the Lightning Player of the Year for a third consecutive season. The Club’s Vice-Captain is widely considered one of the world’s best players at Goal Defence and regularly leads the league for intercepts. The recruitment of SPAR Proteas teammate Phumza Maweni has seen the pair strengthen their combination tenfold in the past two seasons.
The consistency in Pretorius’ game week in, week out is second to none, regularly shutting down the opposition’s most damaging players in attack while also being a playmaker for her Lightning teammates. Pretorius is also Vice-Captain for the South African Proteas team and was awarded Player of the Tournament in the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.
Before Lightning, the 30-year-old spent time in the Vitality English Superleague for Team Bath.