Geitz and Bennett share gong for best in 150 years
ALLORA SPORTS: Two of the biggest names in Australian sport are the first immortals for the town of Allora.
Retired Australian netball captain Laura Geitz and Souths Rabbitohs NRL coach Wayne Bennett are the first two immortals.
They were named at the 150th anniversary of the Allora municipality being established. The immortals were chosen from more than 50 nominees who had lived within the boundaries of the old Allora municipality.
MC and co judge Greg Platz said on Saturday afternoon it was impossible to split the two for the first immortal for the Allora area.
The immortals were represented on the day by family members Juanita Geitz and Bob Bennett.
Bob said his brother Wayne was chuffed to be nominated.
"He will be proud and excited to be an immortal,” Bob said.
When asked about the role of his brother as the super coach, he recalled when Wayne brought Alfie Langer back from England to play a major role in winning a State of Origin decider for Queensland.
"The only people who knew it was happening were Wayne, Alfie and one QRL representative,” Bob said.
Wayne is in Townsville for the Rabbitohs game against North Queensland on Saturday night.
Laura Geitz first starred in sport in athletics and swimming before becoming one of the best goalkeepers to play for the Diamonds in netball.
She and parents Juanita and Ross Geitz did thousands of kilometres to Brisbane and back when she was at school at Scots PGC College and part of Queensland netball squad training in Brisbane.
Laura led Australia to victory in the World Cup and Commonwealth Games as well as leading the Queensland Firebirds to Trans-Tasman and Australian success. She has two World Cup gold medals and one gold and two silver at the Commonwealth Games.
In thanking event organisers on behalf of her daughter, Juanita Geitz said Laura was unable to be at the ceremony as she was expecting her second child.
Earlier this year, Laura told News Corp she was preparing for "full mum mode”, in a story about she and husband Mark Gilbride expecting their second child at the end of July.
The presentation of certificates to more than 50 nominees was made by retired Australia, Queensland and Broncos prop Shane Webcke who played for the Allora/Clifton rugby league club Wattles.
See more photos and stories from ceremonies and list of the top-10 on www.warwickdailynews.com.au later in the weekend and in next week's print editions.