All eyes on Laura Geitz after ‘top 10’ mention
ALLORA netball star Laura Geitz is no stranger to accolades and honours.
The Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds captain has picked up another one though, after being named as one of the top 10 Australian female athletes to watch in 2015.
Channel Nine sports reporter Sam Squiers, who runs the female sports website sportette.com.au, has listed Geitz alongside other female sports stars such as surfer Stephanie Gilmore and dual international footballer and cricketer Elyse Perry.
Geitz said it was an honour to be included in the list.
"It's nice to read positive articles about yourself or your team but I don't get too carried away," Geitz said.
"I try to concentrate on playing good netball and if you do that then the good stories flow.
"But it's always nice to be in the media for the right reasons."
The Sportette website aims to focus on female athletes for their sporting ability, rather than their looks, and the Firebirds captain said it was pleasing that female athletes were being recognised for their sporting ability.
"It's fantastic that Sam is running the website," she said.
"She has a genuine interest in sport and knows what's going on. She tries to project the story about what female athletes are doing in their performances, rather than what a female athlete looks like."
Aside from her strong on-court performances, Geitz also made the list due to her increasingly popular range of netball equipment and sportswear.
While netball is her main focus, the 28-year-old said she was enjoying running her business.
"It's been a huge learning curve since 2011," Geitz said.
"I've been doing a lot of credit registration, orders and other things behind the scene, which requires a lot of time and energy.
"I've been trying to balance it because I need to focus on netball at the moment but it's there for me to step into after my career.
"It's in a good place because it's not going gangbusters, which I don't want it to be at the moment, but I have visions of it growing once I'm retired."
Geitz said she was fully fit after knee surgery.
Captain of the Queensland Firebirds and the Australian netball team, the Diamonds, it's a big year for Laura Geitz.
After holding the 'bridesmaids' tag, the Firebirds will want to break free of that shackle and claim back the championship they last won in 2011.
Laura will also lead her country into the Netball World Cup in August, where the Diamonds will defend their crown.
If this wasn't enough, Laura is also a talented entrepreneur who is making waves with her own netball equipment and sportswear company.