Sunshine Coast Lightning
Sunshine Coast Lightning was established in August 2016, as one of three new franchises in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) league and is the Sunshine Coast’s first and only national professional sporting team.
SSN is widely recognised as the premier professional netball competition in the world. Netball is the largest female participation sport in Australia and that dominance continued after the SSN entered a new broadcast rights deal with Foxtel Group and Kayo Sports in 2022, allowing the sport to reach new audiences. Lightning prides itself on accelerating the growth of the sport through best practice initiatives and demonstrating excellence both on and off court.
The Club is fully owned by Melbourne Storm, and is supported by key partners, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Sunshine Coast Council.
The Club has experienced enormous success in its first five seasons, competing in three consecutive SSN Grand Finals, winning back-to-back Premierships in 2017 and 2018, and Minor Premiers in 2019 — making it the most successful start-up professional sporting team in Australian history.
The Club has been just as successful off-court, attracting a solid membership base, a diverse portfolio of international, national and local corporate partners, repeat sold-out home matches at USC Stadium and incredible engagement with the local community.