Australian Diamonds & Firebirds Captain
Laura Geitz was appointed captain of the Queensland Firebirds in 2012 and the Australian Diamonds in 2013. A high impact netball player, renowned for her quick thinking and game changing intercepts, she was awarded the prestigious Liz Ellis Diamond in 2011 and was the first female athlete ever to be immortalised in bronze in Brisbane.
Laura chose to play netball as a young girl, growing up in the small town of Allora in Darling Downs. Inspired by her older sister's purple netball shoes, she was at the top of her game within less than a decade.
Overcoming the challenges facing most regional athletes, Laura quickly rose through the netball ranks to catch the eyes of talent scouts and was soon playing state and national under age netball.
Not long after beginning to play, Laura was recruited by national selectors to represent Queensland and Australia at Under 17 level. She quickly earned herself a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and had her first captaincy role with the AIS Darters in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.
Following a stint with the AIS, Laura Geitz made her debut with the Queensland Firebirds in 2008 in the first year of the ANZ Championship. She was named Vice Captain in 2011, stepping up to be captain following the season-ending injury of Lauren Nourse and has been official captain of the Firebirds since 2012. In 2015 Laura captained the Firebirds to fantastic nail-biting victory over the Sydney Swifts to take out the ANZ Championship. She backed this up in 2016 to steal the Championship from the Swifts yet again after extra time.
Laura Geitz was named Queensland Firebirds Player of the Year in 2010, Player's Player in 2011 and Member's Player of the Year in 2013. To honour her dedication to the Firebirds, the Queensland Government announced a bronze statue would be commissioned to stand at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre alongside basketball legend, Leroy Loggins.
Laura made her Australian Netball Diamonds debut in 2008 and in her first game played an integral role in clinching a win for the team. This set the tone for her career with the Diamonds as a high-impact player known on the court for her quick-thinking and game changing intercepts.
In 2013 Laura was named as only the second Queenslander to captain Australia's most successful women's sporting team in its history. In her maiden season as captain, she led the Diamonds to a Constellation Cup victory over New Zealand as well as completing a clean sweep in the International Test Series. Following her gold medal win at the World Netball Championships in 2011, Geitz was awarded the prestigious Liz Ellis Diamond. 2015 saw Laura captain the Diamonds to a World Championship win in Sydney in front of a record-breaking crowd.
Laura Geitz lives in Brisbane, Queensland. Along with her fellow Firebird and Diamond, Clare McMeniman, she runs "Fuel2Fly" Clinics throughout Queensland, which aim to inspire and motivate young female athletes of all ages touching on aspects such as fitness, wellbeing and nutrition.