Karla Pretorius: “Its Been An Honour to Wear the Lightning Dress”

Spar Proteas vice captain Karla Pretorius previously pictured with the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia. Photo: Karla Pretorius (Instagram)

Spar Proteas vice captain Karla Pretorius has decided not to rejoin the Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2024, instead, she will be staying with her family in South Africa.

Pretorius, who joined the Sunshine Coast Lightning during their inaugural season – winning two Suncorp Super Netball premierships in 2017 (where she won grand final MVP) and 2018. She has played an integral part of the club’s roster for a remarkable seven-year tenure.

“I am incredibly grateful for my time at Lightning and can say that I’ve given it my all each season,” she said on the club’s official statement.

“It’s been an amazing seven years and I’m thankful for all the support from our fans, community and the Club over the years. It’s been an honour to wear the Lightning dress. Winning two premierships and Captaining Lightning will be achievements I’ll always cherish, with the Club always having a special place in my heart.”

The South African international stands as one of the game’s elite defenders, consistently securing a place in the top rankings for intercepts and deflections.

She continues to hold the record for the highest number of interceptions in a single season, a remarkable 69 equivalent to four per game, achieved in the 2019 season.

Off the court, Pretorius announced her pregnancy at the end of 2021, returning home to South Africa and missing the 2022 season with Lightning. 

While her husband initially accompanied her and their baby in Australia, he eventually returned to South Africa for work.

Pretorius said while she wants to continue playing, all the current uncertainty led to her decision and she ultimately had to put her family first.


Photo 1 Caption: Spar Proteas vice captain Karla Pretorius previously pictured with the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia. Photo: Karla Pretorius (Instagram)

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