15/04/2024
The netball world was surprised when Kate Shimmin signed on to Sunshine Coast Lightning, but she says it was an 'opportunity of a lifetime'

New Sunshine Coast Lightning recruit Kate Shimmin believes her move to the Sunshine Coast is an opportunity of a lifetime – so she took the challenge on head first.

Shimmin crossed to the Lightning from the Adelaide Thunderbirds at the end of 2020.

When the opportunity arose to join the Lightning, Shimmin jumped at the chance, even though it meant leaving home.

“I miss my family, I love Adelaide, it’s a great state,” she said.

“But these opportunities only come around once in a lifetime.

“I feel so lucky to be here and I can’t wait to see what this team can do in 2021.”

The Lightning is in the midst of a tough pre-season and were recently joined by a new face – newly appointed assistant Vicki Wilson OAM.

Shimmin is loving having the legendary coach at the Lightning.

“Yeah it’s been really good,” she said.

“She is a legend of the game and with her knowledge, I just can’t wait to tap her mind and see what she can do.

“I was coached by Vicki a long time ago, back when I was 18, and she was tough so can’t wait to see her still be that tough person.”

Shimmin also said she is not only loving being on the court at Lightning, but on the Sunshine Coast as well.

“It’s a really good place to live, I live about a km from the beach, so every day I’m at the beach with my dog and loving life,” she said.

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