Since their debut as the region’s first national sporting team in 2017 the Lightning have won back-to-back premiership titles – making sporting history.
Tomorrow they have the potential to win a third, with the team’s incredible rise to sporting stardom proving anything is possible.
They started with a vision and displayed immense courage to achieve their goals.
By continually pushing the boundaries they were able to maintain their position at the top, and this year made club history to enter the finals’ series as Minor Premiers for the first time.
Off the court Sunshine Coast Lightning has united the community, symbolising the spirit of the Sunshine Coast.
Visit Sunshine Coast is a proud partner of Sunshine Coast Lightning and I look forward to cheering the team on tomorrow alongside the rest of the Coast.
In what is a massive coup for Queensland, the grand final clash against the NSW Swifts is being played on home soil at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The Lightning has done a phenomenal job of putting the Sunshine Coast on the sporting map, and no other regionally-based sporting team has had such an impact in a national competition.
Their tremendous success and positive attitude has had impacts way beyond the netball court, highlighting the region as a prime location for sporting teams to train and helping raise awareness of the Sunshine Coast as a healthy and wholesome destination.
The publicity they have generated for the Sunshine Coast is almost ‘priceless’.
VSC will make the most of the grand final by giving the packed house a taste of the Sunshine Coast food scene with Buderim Ginger giveaways and the chance to win an ‘Ultimate Family Getaway’ on the Sunshine Coast.
The grand final is a fitting end to 2019, with Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua finishing up at the club at the end of the season.
Noeline has played an instrumental role is making Sunshine Coast Lightning the team it is today, and she will leave a lasting legacy on the Sunshine Coast both on and off the court.
Next season Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne will take over as Head Coach, and I have no doubt Sunshine Coast Lightning will maintain their winning form.
We salute a team of absolute champions!