- Friday 16 December 2016
With the Suncorp Super Netball season less than 10 weeks away, Sunshine Coast Lightning has unveiled its revolutionary “Pro-Fit” A-line dress ahead of its debut in the national competition.
Incorporating unique design elements, all 10 Lightning players were involved in the planning and production process to ensure a modern and sleek outfit was created which could withstand the rigours of professional netball.
The collaboration between the athletes and leading sports apparel brand GAME Clothing is unparalleled, and the bold dress symbolises a significant milestone in the foundation club’s short history.
The innovative uniform was revealed at Lightning’s first open training session in front of hundreds of passionate locals.
Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said the club made sure its members and fans were the first people to see the side’s kit.
“From day one, Lightning wanted the Coast community to be a part of the club and this was a great way to thank our supporters and show them we’re doing this together,” Smith said.
Yellow, navy blue and purple are the club colours which create a new identity for the Sunshine Coast’s first elite sporting team, whilst also acknowledging the club’s part-owner, Melbourne Storm.
While the dress is appealing to the eye, GAME Clothing has made sure it has included modern features to help the athletes perform on the court.
Sunshine Coast Lightning goal shooter Caitlin Bassett said the decision-making process had been ‘unreal.’
“GAME Clothing has been absolutely amazing and accepted all the players’ feedback,” Bassett said.
“I am really happy with the result and it’s something that is completely different to every other dress I have seen.
“You need the right balance between functionality and style and GAME Clothing has achieved that.
“It’s extremely comfortable and practical, and it will complement all the players’ body types in our side.
Lightning midcourt star Laura Langman believed the dress would set the benchmark for netball uniforms in the years to come.
“We certainly had a few ‘wows’ when we put it (the dress) on and that’s exciting,” Langman said.
“We were asked about how it feels, where we liked it to be fitted, where we liked it a little looser and what we thought of the overall look.
“It was a momentous occasion. I have never had a say in what my dress is going to look like.
“Not many teams would sit around a table and negotiate what they’d be wearing for the 2017 season.
“It is nice to have so much input and to think that potentially, this dress is that start of a legacy for Sunshine Coast Lightning.”
Lightning fans wanting to become a foundation member can do so here: https://premier.sportsubs.com.au/nnl/lightning/
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