HOME-TOWN HERO: Laura Geitz will receive the keys to Allora today in a ceremony recognising her achievements for club and country.
HOME-TOWN HERO: Laura Geitz will receive the keys to Allora today in a ceremony recognising her achievements for club and country. Contributed

Diamonds’ key gets one of her own

ALLORA will celebrate the achievements of one of its finest athletes today.

Laura Geitz will be honoured and presented with a key to the town at the Allora Sports Museum at 2pm today, after she captained the Australian Diamonds to gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August.

The Queensland Firebirds captain has been around the world playing netball but has never forgotten where she started playing the sport.

"I am looking forward to going back to my home town. It is going to be a wonderful day and I am really excited to get back and see everyone," Geitz said.

"I always call Allora home - my family are there and they have always been huge supporters of me, so it is nice of them to organise the day for me and get the keys to Allora."

The celebrations in Allora had to be postponed due to Geitz needing surgery on her left knee after an injury scare during the Diamonds' recent winning streak, but as reported in yesterday's Daily News, she is on the mend three weeks post-surgery and already well into a rehabilitation program.

Geitz will donate a signed Commonwealth Games dress and a percentage of all sales from her clothing range on the day will go back to the Allora Museum.

Allora Sports Museum president Perry Cronin said Geitz was thoroughly deserving of the honour.

"I think it's lovely she's being honoured. It'll be great," he said.

"Laura's top of the tree - you can't get better than captaining your country to gold.

"She's always done a fair bit for us too.

"Shane Webcke is the patron of the museum and Laura is the face of the museum, along with (field athlete) Matt Denny."

Cronin said he hoped the town would support Geitz.

"I'd just like to see everyone come down and see a strong turnout," he said.

"It'd be great if we could really get the community there behind her."



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