Lightning donation for Netballers

Nikita Quinlan is thrilled to meet Karla Pretorius and Maddy McAuliffe.

Sunshine Coast Lightning captain Karla Pretorius and mid-courter Maddy McAuliffe visted Gympie Monday night and were on hand for a meet and greet and to watch some of the junior competition.

Gympie Netball Association president Colleen Miller said the club loved the visits with the girls and they are “always a hit” with their younger players.

Ms Miller said the visit was originally scheduled for March but bad weather and travel commitments by the Lightning team meant that it had to be rescheduled.

She said it was meant to be because after the Lightning’s exciting win over the Swifts on Sunday, Karla Pretorius was awarded Player of the Match and announced that she would be donating her $500 player award to Gympie Netball.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Karla chose our association – it is a testament to her, and the team’s, commitment to the community,” Ms Miller said.

“It is actually the second time that Karla has donated her award to Gympie and we are extremely grateful to again be the recipients.

“We are currently looking at new shade structures and this probably go towards that. Perhaps we need to put a little “kindly donated by Karla Pretorius“ sign on one.”