Seventeen year old Sarahpheinna Woulf will become the first athlete in Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) history to play in the competition while still at high school after Sunshine Coast Lightning elevated the training partner to the club’s full-time squad.
Woulf has impressed Lightning coaches enough since joining the premiership-winning outfit in November to warrant a playing contract for the 2018 SSN season.
Bashful off-court, the teenager is a formidable force on it and her commanding presence is one of many attributes that have made her an appealing acquisition.
“Sarahpheinna is an emerging player who is still ‘green’, but has plenty of natural ability that enables her to read the game. Her level of maturity impresses me,” Lightning coach, Noeline Taurua said.
“She can shoot, she can defend inside and out of the circle. She has a versatility that not many players have and that is a bonus for us depending on what we need in the squad.”
Now a professional netballer, Woulf said it was a surreal moment when Taurua informed her of her promotion.
“I could not speak and I just wanted to cry,” Woulf said.
“I was not expecting it at all. The coaches were telling me that I am ready and that I need to believe in myself.
“It is so exciting and I am extremely happy.”