Kate Shimmin will remain at the Lightning for season 2022. (Photo: Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Versatile defender Kate Shimmin has put pen to paper signing with the Sunshine Coast Lightning for season 2022.

Versatile defender Kate Shimmin has put pen to paper, signing with the Lightning for 2022. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

Shimmin joined the lightning in 2021 after making the move from the Adelaide Thunderbirds and was a real asset to the Lightning, being able to play across all three defensive positions.

Shimmin was a great fit and her transition to the club was seamless and was recognised with the Team Spirit Award at the Lightning’s gala event.

Sunshine Lightning coach Kylee Byrne said Shimmin’s impact both on court and through her persona has only benefited the Lightning.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Kate this season, she is a real team player and her unique style of play is exciting as a coach, strategically,” Byrne said.

“Her enthusiasm is contagious and that has been a really valuable attribute during another season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Kate made some huge gains in pre-season last year and the aim is to continue that growth now to enable her to play the consistent 60-minute games for next season.

“We’re glad to have her back on board and I can’t wait to see what she produces in 2022.”

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Shimmin says she’s settled into the Lightning environment and is ready excited to see what season 2022 brings.

“Coming into Lightning with fresh eyes has been such a great learning experience for me and I really want to build on that next season,” Shimmin said.

“I feel fortunate to play alongside so many great women and I think that immediate belonging makes you want to really play your role for the team and do your best with every opportunity.”

Shimmin started her time at the Lightning with a bang, playing her 100th national league game against Collingwood in round one. She found her place in the team’s circle defence while also spending time out in wing defence.

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