Mizuno are very excited to announce the signing of South African and Sunshine Coast Lightning player Karla Pretorius. Pretorius joined the inaugural Sunshine Coast Lightning team in 2017 after coming across from Team Bath in the UK, making her the first South African netballer to play for an Australian club in the Suncorp Super Netball. Since arriving at Lightning Pretorius has elevated herself as one of the best players in the world and arguably the best defender. She capped off 2018 being named club MVP and backed it up winning the award again in 2019 along with being named in the SSN team of the year.
Also a star at international level and leader on court being named vice captain for South Africa, Pretorius has had a stellar career for the Proteas since debuting in 2011. More recently, Pretorius was named 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup Player of the Tournament. Some of the many accolades Karla has achieved in career so far include:
- South African National team member 2011-present
- Sunshine Coast Lightning team member 2017-present
- Vice-Captain Sunshine Coast Lightning 2019
- Lightning Player of the year 2018 & 2019
- Player of the tournament - Netball World Cup 2019
- Suncorp Super Netball Team of the year 2018 & 2019
- All Stars Team Member – Bush Fire Awareness Game 2019
Mizuno Australia's Head of Sales and Marketing Shane Holub was delighted with the addition of Karla Pretorius to the Mizuno netball family, saying; "We are really excited to add Karla to our growing list of sponsored athletes. To gain someone of Karla’s profile marks a breakthrough moment for the Mizuno brand as we continue to grow in the Netball landscape. What she represents on and off court and how she has grown as one of the best and most respected netballers in the world It's easy to see why she's highly regarded."
Off-court Karla has recently obtained her Masters in Dietetics and currently reading towards a Diploma in Sports Management. On court in 2020 shell be wearing the Mizuno Wave Luminous, one of the new shoes to the Mizuno netball range. Mizuno look forward to supporting her for the 2020 season.