Leesa Mi Mi (Photo: Sunshine Coast Lightning/Website)

Playing five SSN games as a temporary replacement player, former Queensland Firebird Leesa Mi Mi will get to see what she is made of after receiving a full contract for the 2024 SSN season.

One of the feel-good stories out of the Suncorp Super Netball’s signing period so far, Leesa Mi Mi will get her chance to start her career at the level with her first full contract. Signing with the Sunshine Coast, the speedy prospect will add to the Lightning’s mid-court rotation through multiple positions.

She has come through the Queensland pathways, playing for the North Brisbane Cougars in the HART Sapphire Series and in the Australian Netball Championships in the Firebirds Futures side.

Her new head coach Belinda Reynolds explained what made Mi Mi a player worth signing, after only five games in the league.

“Leesa is incredibly determined and eager to take her game to the next level, and I’m looking forward to working with her in 2024 to do that,” she said.

“While only playing five SSN games, I’ve been impressed with her speed, composure and ability to feed the ball. As a Netball Queensland pathways athlete, it’s fantastic to be able to foster that and keep her playing in the state.”

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Moving from the Firebirds, a place that gave her opportunities as a young player, Mi Mi looks ahead to the moving to the Lightning. She spoke about what made her excited to join the club.

“I decided to sign with Lightning because I’ve heard about the amazing culture and support the coaching staff give to the athletes,” Mi Mi said.

“I am so excited to learn and grow not only as a player but also a person. It’s my first time moving out of home and my family are such a big part of my life. But I’ve been lucky to come into a group that already feels like my second family.

“I can’t wait to play some quality netball and learn from some incredible players. Also living on the Sunshine Coast which has already been a treat.”

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