Our Laura is Ekka’s golden girl
SHE is the face of netball and now she is the face of the greatest show in Queensland… the Ekka.
Queensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz is the epitome of country meets city, growing up on the family farm in Allora, the netball superstar said it was like being at the Ekka everyday.
"The Ekka resembles just what our back yard looks like and it is a good opportunity for the country to come to the city," she said.
While she will not physically be at the Ekka this year, due to national duties captaining the Australian Diamonds at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, she will welcome everyone to the Ekka each night before the big show.
A country girl at heart, who describes riding horses as her happy place, has fond memories of making the trip down to the Ekka as a kid.
"I remember year five at Allora State School we would do a trip to the Ekka, and my high school was involved in cattle," she said.
"My favourite memory going through the show bag lift-out and picking out a show bag."
Geitz personally knows the struggles of living off the land, and now with more than 80% of Queensland drought declared, she is a major supporter of the Ekka's call to rally around our farmers at this year's show.
"Unless you come from a rural background you don't understand what the country lifestyle means and you don't understand the struggles of making a living of the land," she said.
"The Ekka is where that lifestyle is put on show and it allows the city people to have an understanding of what a day in the life of a farmer looks like.
"This is the time for everyone to get behind the bush and support them and that is a huge part of what we are in Australia and what the Ekka is about."