Allora's Laura prepares to host royal visitors
ALLORA'S Laura Geitz has the ultimate honour of hosting the young British royals when they visit Brisbane next week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, will attend a Premier's function at the Brisbane Convention Centre on April 19 where Laura will be MC.
The Australian Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds captain said she was honoured to be chosen.
"I'm very excited, I'm really stoked," Laura said.
"I got invited to go to the lunch, which was exciting in itself.
"Then a few days ago I got invited by the Premier's office to be the MC."
Although cool and composed in defence on the netball court, Laura said she would be nervous on the day.
"I would be lying if I said I won't be.
"I think it is something you have just got to take in your stride," Laura said.
"Opportunities like this only come around once.
"It's my first time being the MC at a function and it's a cracker of an event to start with."
Laura said she was excited about the number of well-known people attending.
"There are going to be some pretty incredible people there," Laura said.
"I know Lorna Jane is going to be there and the captains of all the other Brisbane sporting teams have been invited - although I don't know if they can make it.
"It's going to be really nice to meet them and some other pretty prominent people."
State president of the Royal Society of St George, Warwick's Paul Munson, said Laura would do the Southern Downs region proud.
"It will be a great honour for Laura to be the MC at this function and being the person she is will do a great job," Mr Munson said.
"Laura has always been a keen advocate for our region and no doubt every bit of publicity helps."
Mr Munson said having Laura be the MC would raise the level of interest in the royals in the region.
"Any royal visit is accepted with enthusiasm by the majority of people and this visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge will be no exception," he said.
"I would say that a lot of younger people will be keen to see them as the young royals are viewed as down-to-earth people."