Ugandan shooter latest Peace in Lightning puzzle

Sunshine Coast Lightning has today unveiled the newest weapon in its arsenal: international superstar shooter Peace Proscovia.

Proscovia – who hails from Uganda but has played in the Vitality Netball Superleague in England for the past four seasons – attracted attention on the world stage following her stand-out performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she shot with 91 per cent accuracy.

Having captained the Ugandan national team to an undefeated 2017 season that culminated in winning the Africa Championship, the sought-after shooter brings both netball nous and leadership qualities to the court.

Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua said the signing was a massive coup for the Club, with several clubs having fought hard to secure Proscovia’s signature.

“I first saw Peace play at the Commonwealth Games when representing Uganda,” Taurua said.

“I thought she was exciting; she could hold strongly, had massive elevation and was a high-percentage shooter.

“Peace is such a lovely person – humble and authentic. She will not only suit our team and Club culture but I’m sure will be a hit within our community.”

Standing at 193cm tall, Proscovia’s presence will be felt on the court. The 28-year-old scored the most goals of any shooter in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons of the Vitality Netball Superleague, and her fierce determination to succeed sees her shoot more than 700 goals each day.

Proscovia said she was thrilled to be joining the Sunshine Coast Lightning team.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in Australia and it feels quite fitting to be coming across to Sunshine Coast Lightning after playing for Loughborough Lightning in England in recent years,” Proscovia said.

“I’m excited to put my skills to the test and push my body to new heights.

“Noeline Taurua has a great reputation as a coach so I’m looking forward to training under her and breaking outside my comfort zone.”

Proscovia was raised in the Arua District in the West Nile of Uganda and left home as a teenager to pursue her netball career in the city. She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of girls and has delivered addresses at a range of conferences around the globe. She was also a panellist at the 2nd Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development held in London.

She holds a degree in Business Administration and has recently completed a Master of Science in Marketing. She is also the first netballer to officially be named as an ambassador for the 2019 Netball World Cup.

Proscovia joins Laura Langman, Steph Wood, Karla Pretorius, Laura Scherian, Maddy McAuliffe and Cara Koenen on Lightning’s 2019 line-up, with three players still to be announced.

Photo credit: Loughborough University