Lightning strikes on the Sunshine Coast
Australia’s newest sports franchise is set to strike into netball’s elite national competition in 2017 with the Sunshine Coast Lightning officially unveiled today.
A joint venture between Melbourne Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), the Sunshine Coast Lightning was announced as the name of the region’s first national elite sports team – just six months out from the start of the new Australian-only eight-team national netball competition.
Mayor Mark Jamieson had the honour of officially unveiling the team name at a function at USC’s Sippy Downs campus, with the team logo and website also launched.
Mayor Jamieson was joined on stage for the announcement by Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy, USC Vice Chancellor Greg Hill and the Lightning’s recently appointed head coach Noeline Taurua.
The Lightning logo, designed in collaboration with Netball Australia’s creative agency, White Kite, is intended to be bold and striking.