Mary Nuba eager to impress at Loughborough Lightning

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Ugandan towering netball player Mary Nuba Cholhok was on Monday evening officially unveiled at Loughborough Lightning ahead of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

The 6ft 7in shooting sensation fills the footsteps of her fellow goal shooter, countrywoman and idol Peace Proscovia who has since left for Suncorp Superleague netball side Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia.

Having had a rapid rise over the past three years, Nuba will pose a huge threat to her opponents when the Superleague season officially kicks off early next month.

The former St. Mary’s Kitende student has already relished her challenge and looks forward to making a mark.

“I’m so excited and just can’t wait to step through the gates at Loughborough and I’m so eager to see it. In September I first found out there might be the chance to come to Loughborough and when I signed the contract I partied all night!

“It’s a great opportunity for me as a young person and I think I’ll be able to develop my career at the University. Peace has told me it develops talent and really encourages sport and particularly girls’ sports, but that the education is really good as well.”

Nuba said on her unveiling.

The 21-year old further affirmed that she wants to emulate her idol Peace Proscovia and inspire more undiscovered talents.

“I want to develop my talent in netball and also go further with my studies, but I also want to inspire more girls who have not yet discovered who they are and how far their talents can take them. I hope to inspire them like I was inspired by Peace.”

Sara Bayman, the Head Coach of the Loughborough Lightning team defined Nuba as a long term prospect.

“ Lightning are committed to developing talent and Mary is one of the most exciting up and coming players in world netball. Having strong links with Uganda has allowed us to identify Mary as a long-term prospect and show our faith in her by offering a contract at an early stage of her international career. Peace is a role model to girls in Uganda and I’m sure Mary will provide the same level of inspiration as she continues to pursue her netball dream in the Superleague.”

Nuba burst to the netball scene with St. Mary’s Kitende in the FEASSSA games before guiding Uganda to the triumph of the World University Netball Championships held at Makerere in September.

She is known for dwarfing her opponents due to her authoritative height and notably netting the winning goal in the pulsating 44-43 victory in the finals against South Africa.

The lanky goal shooter has also previously represented the She Cranes in the Commonwealth games and the African Netball championships held early this year.

Nuba is expected to make her maiden appearance in the Lightning colours during the first league game against The Wasps on January 5th at the Arena Birmingham.