Loughborough Lightning Netball is delighted to announce that Ella Clark and Olivia Mason will round out its 12 player squad for the forthcoming Vitality Netball Superleague season, which kicks off at home to Manchester Thunder on Saturday 18th February.
Read the full Lightning press release below:
Clark is professional basketball player for PF Umbertide in Italy, having previously played in Spain and America, where she studied for four years. She is no stranger to netball however, having previously played in the Superleague for Hertfordshire Mavericks.
Based in Loughborough last summer as part of the England Netball full-time programme before heading out to Italy, Clark is both a Basketball and Netball international. She will link up with the squad as soon as her basketball duties are finished in April.
Olivia Mason is already a training partner of the Lightning squad, so makes a seamless transition into the final 12. A former England junior international, Mason can play both mid court and in the shooting circle, so provides lots of versatility.
Both girls join the Lightning squad at this late stage after Lauren Nicholls’ and Brittany Coleman’s season ending injuries.
Of her two signings Lightning Head Coach Karen Atkinson said:
“Although under difficult circumstances, we are pleased to have both Ella and Liv as part of our squad for the 2017 season. Liv has been working extremely hard during the pre-season phase. She has embraced the opportunity to be a training partner and the fact that she can play across both the shooting circle and mid-court will be of real benefit to us this season. She thoroughly deserves this opportunity to step up into the squad of 12.
“I have fond memories of playing with Ella for Mavericks back in 2010 when she was a talented youngster. She is a professional athlete and a high calibre person with the experience needed to play at this level. Although she will miss the first few matches of the season, we feel she will add impact to our squad both on and off the court. I know that she will fit in seamlessly when she relocates to Loughborough at the end of her basketball season and I am looking forward to working with her again.”
“I’m really looking forward to joining Lightning and working with Karen again. It’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m excited to be part of this talented team.”
Of her addition to the Superleague side Mason commented:
“I am hugely excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Loughborough Lightning in what is anticipated to be a highly competitive Superleague season. With new franchises and lots of player movement it really is going to be exciting seeing all the teams in action. I have thoroughly enjoyed the preseason training so far and I’m really looking forward to being back in a purple dress!”
Tickets to see Loughborough Lightning in action at Loughborough University are still on sale here: http://loughboroughsport.com/loughborough-lightning/fixturesandresults/