Training Partner Anni Lawrie Rewarded With QLD 19/U Selection

Sunshine Coast Lightning Training Partner Anni Lawrie has been named in the Queensland 19 years and under side set to compete in the 2020 National Netball Championships (NNC) in April.

The selection is reward for effort after a breakout season last year, which saw the shooter impress in the QUT Wildcats’ finals campaign after being elevated to the Sapphire Series team as an injury replacement.

The NNC will be played in Hobart in April of this year from Saturday 18 April 2020 through to Thursday 23 April.

Lawrie’s string of promising performances – combined with her ongoing development through the elite netball pathways – caught the eye of Lightning coaches and earned her the spot as a Training Partner ahead of Season 2020.

Lightning’s former Pathways Coach turned Assistant Coach Chris Voge said Lawrie’s recognition in the team was highly deserved.

“We are excited for Anni and her recent selection into the QLD 19/U team and look forward to her building on her experience at the national underage level,” Voge said.

“Anni is a talented and dedicated athlete and I look forward to seeing her compete and represent Queensland.

“It is great to have Anni on board as a training partner with Lightning in 2020, where we can continue to assist her in her development and for her to gain crucial exposure to our sport at a high performance level.”

The shooter, who originally hails from the Gold Coast, last year represented the Northern Territory in the 19/U NNC and trained with Territory Storm’s Australian National League team under Voge.

She was then selected for the Brisbane South Wildcats Ruby Series team, before being given the chance to show her wares in the Sapphire Series’ finals.

USC Thunder player Amy Metcalf was selected in the 19/U squad, with teammate Nic Guenther named as a Training Partner for the representative side.

Thunder’s Sarah Harris was also named in the 17/U side while Lily McClure was selected as a Training Partner, which bodes well for the Lightning affiliated development pathways on the Sunshine Coast.

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