Super captain has more to offer at Lightning
NETBALL: She's been at the elite level for a decade and has just been crowned Super Netball's player of the year but Sunshine Coast captain Geva Mentor believes she's still got room to improve.
The 32-year-old claimed the national league's top individual accolade in Melbourne on Saturday night after guiding the Lightning to the title in its maiden season.
The England representative has regained her zest for the sport at the new club and will lace-up for the side again next year.
"I feel like I'm on a mission," she said. "I don't feel like I've reached my potential."
"I feel like I'm chugging along nicely but I'm still making sure I'm not sitting back on my laurels and I am trying to improve different parts of my game and different things I can bring (to the court).
"Moving to the Sunshine Coast was a tough decision but one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'm thankful I get another opportunity to go around again, to really help build this club.
"We've had a fantastic foundation year but it's important the club keeps moving forward and that we find new and innovative ways to push ourselves."
The Lightning won't start its title defence until after the Commonwealth Games in April.
She's keen to play a pivotal role and to support her teammates.
"For me, it's about inspiring others around me and encouraging them to reach their potential," she said.
"It was a fantastic and beautiful year this year and I just hope I can still contribute largely next year."
She didn't believe the team was under pressure to hold its crown.
"We won't look at it as a title defence. We'll look at it (the season) as a chance to move forward and to do what we can with this club," she said.
Mentor said she has thrived under the tutelage of coach Noeline Taurua, who is also on a two-year contact at the University of the Sunshine Coast-based outfit.
"She has allowed me to be myself out there (on court) and I think that's really helped," the goal keeper said.