Laura Geitz’s netball career is studded with achievements, but the last two years have seen her cross some of her biggest professional goals off her bucket list.
In 2014, Geitz led the Australian Diamonds to victory at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, bringing our national team’s 12-year gold medal drought to a satisfying end.
The following year, the Queensland Firebirds won the ANZ Championship and the Diamonds claimed their third consecutive World Cup, both under Geitz’s leadership.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what the rebel ambassador’s secret is. Well, you’re in luck – because we caught up with the 28-year-old defender to gain some intel.
You’ve had an incredible career – can you possibly choose a favourite moment?
“Last year would be hard to beat. The Firebirds won the ANZ Premiership in a pretty thrilling game against NSW – we won by one goal in basically the dying seconds – then following up in August with the World Cup in Sydney. To win in our home country in front of family and friends… it was just an incredible moment.”
Why do you think the current Australian team is so formidable?
“When you step into the Diamonds for your first time, it’s an intimidating environment because the team just expects the absolute best and utmost of each individual.
You think you’ve given everything to every team you’ve been in beforehand, but being in the Diamonds it requires more of you as an athlete. That’s the thing that spurs everyone along. It’s also just really enjoying being on the team and getting to do what we love to do.”
As captain, do you have any rituals or techniques for keeping your team motivated?
“A lot of people ask how hard is it to be a captain of a national sporting team. It’s actually one of the easiest jobs, because you’re working with a group of exceptionally professional women who do everything they can to be the best athletes they can be.