Loughborough Lightning is delighted to announce that Ugandan goal shooter Peace Proscovia has re-signed for the franchise for the next two seasons.
Proscovia, who played for Lightning in 2015 and 2016 has also enrolled on a MSc in Marketing at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, and made her British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) debut this week with a 57-34 victory over University of Manchester.
The Ugandan captain was one of the stars of the Netball World Cup in 2015, but was only allowed to return to play for Lightning in 2016 at the eleventh hour due to new visa regulations; Proscovia is now able to fulfil her dream by studying at Loughborough University alongside her netball.
The Ugandan captain commented:
I’m so thankful to the management of Loughborough Lightning for giving me the opportunity to come and play overseas as I never thought I’d have that chance – the 2015 and 2016 seasons fulfilled my dream. I’m privileged to be able to do a Master’s of Science in Marketing at Loughborough University and every single day I’m thanking god, as if it wasn’t for Loughborough I couldn’t do my studies overseas.
With talent nothing is impossible – if I’m able to make it over here all the way from Uganda, just a small country in Africa, then anyone else can do it, whether you’re talented in music, politics or sport. If you apply your talent and use it, it can take you anywhere you want to go.
Lightning Head Coach Karen Atkinson added:
We are super excited to have Peace back for the third successive season with Loughborough Lightning. It is even more special that she is able to start her Masters course, which she has been excited about for a long time. It is also fantastic for our University Performance Squad that she can represent Loughborough University in the BUCS League.
For me as a coach, it gives me four and a half months to work with Peace in advance of the Super League season which we have never had before. I am excited about the progress we can make during that time and how much we can strengthen and add to her game.
Proscovia will join Beth Cobden, Hannah Joseph and Natalie Panagarry in the Lightning squad for 2017, with further signings to be announced in the next fortnight.