Big names in sport return to small town for opening

Shane Webcke and Laura Geitz open the Allora District Sports Museum on Saturday.
Shane Webcke and Laura Geitz open the Allora District Sports Museum on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

QUEENSLAND Firebirds netball captain Laura Geitz is in awe of the work done over 16 years to establish the Allora District Sports Museum.

"I was competing for Deacon House at Allora State School when work started towards a museum," Geitz said.

She officially opened the museum on Saturday with international rugby league player Shane Webcke.

Geitz said whether she was playing for the Firebirds or Australian Diamonds, she took many of the lessons taught at Allora into her games.

"Perry Cronin had a vision for a museum and knew he would get there," she said.

"This is one of his proudest days and should be. I also pay tribute to his wife Lyn for her support."

Webcke joked he and fellow State of Origin forward Rohan Hancock were devastated to be overlooked for the museum poster which featured a photo of Geitz.

"It was the work of people in communities like Allora, Clifton and Leyburn which enabled us to follow our aspirations," he said.



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