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Lightning strikes a chord with national netball competition dress

Caitlin Bassett models the new Sunshine Coast Lightning dress ahead of the national netball championship. www.sunshinecoastlightning.com.au/

The Sunshine Coast Lightning have unveiled the dress they will wear when they make their debut in the new national netball competition early next year.

In a show of unity, all of the Lightning players had an input in the design and production to maximise comfort and performance.

Hundreds of fans were in attendance for the unveiling at an open training session with the club determined to ensure their fans were the first to view the official 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," CEO Danielle Smith said.

The combination of yellow, navy blue and purple are a salute to part-owner Melbourne Storm and presents a unique identity as the first ever professional sporting team on the Sunshine Coast.

"I am really happy with the result and it's something that is completely different to every other dress I have seen." Lightning's goal shooter Caitlin Bassett said.

"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.

"The back of the dress is cutting edge and for us as a Club it's a point of difference and that's something we are about."

Each dress dons customised numbers on the front to acknowledge the order in which the players joined the club and the honour isn't lost on the squad members.

"It's special and it will be the first time I have ever played in a dress with a number," said Bassett.

"To be a foundation member of this Club and have that individual number is important to us all."