Sunshine Coast Lighting coach Noeline Taurua
Sunshine Coast Lighting coach Noeline Taurua Patrick Woods

Lightning coach Taurua grieves loss of father

NETBALL: Sunshine Coast Lightning's head coach Noeline Taurua will remain in New Zealand as she grieves the loss of her father, Kingi Taurua, who passed away yesterday following a battle with cancer.

Taurua flew home to be with her family last week, prompting assistant coach Kylee Byrne to assume head coaching duties for the Round 4 match against the Magpies on May 20.

Byrne will fill the role once again on Sunday for the round five game against Adelaide Thunderbirds, with support from Lightning's development coach, Christine Voge.

Kingi Taurua, a Ngāpuhi elder, is well known within New Zealand. He was a strong advocate for Maori rights, an award-winning broadcaster, an advisor to government ministers and a Vietnam War veteran.

Lightning said in a statement that the club's thoughts were with Noeline and her family during the difficult time.



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