Golden girl Geitz handed keys to region
LAURA Geitz's netball journey began when her sister's pair of purple Asics shoes helped her pick the sport when weighing up what she wanted to play.
Although she has since travelled around the world playing the sport, winning an ANZ Championship and Commonwealth Games gold medal in the process, Geitz has always remembered her roots.
That is why she became just the second sportsperson - and first under the Southern Downs Regional Council - to be presented with a key to the region on Saturday.
Ms Geitz, who recently purchased a block in Allora and visits when she can, was presented with the honour by Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell at the Allora Sports Museum, with Cr Glyn Rees, Cr Jamie Jamie Mackenzie, Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio and a host of other well-known people in the Southern Downs community in attendance.
"It's lovely (to be honoured)," Ms Geitz said.
"It's a really special event to me and it's nice to come back and be able to catch up with a lot of people here who mean a lot to me.
"There's a lot of support here today, which is great, but it's not a one-off - a lot of people from the area come down to Brisbane and watch me play for the Queensland Firebirds."
One of the reasons Ms Geitz was honoured in the ceremony was her leadership as she captained the Australian Diamonds to gold in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games three-and-a-half months ago.
"That was absolutely amazing (to win gold)," she said.
"Certainly it will go down as one of the highlights of my career when it's over.
"To win was great but it was an honour to lead the team."
Cr Glyn Rees, who followed Ms Geitz's career as a youngster, said Ms Geitz was thoroughly deserving of the honour.
"If I could speak for the Allora community, we're so very proud of Laura and all her tremendous achievements," Cr Rees said.
"Sport is a great leveller, but it also allows identity. Laura has achieved that capably and in doing so has added so much to the identity of Allora and the Southern Downs."