GEITZ Laura < Back  
Sport Netball
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 04 Nov 1987 in Ipswich, AUS
Height1.85 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Mark Gilbride
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Languages English
Higher education Communications
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing at age 13.
Why this sport? "The coach noticed that I was tall and asked if I'd like to play for the school team. They used to throw me down the attacking end as a goal shooter but I was more of a hazard than any help."
Club / Team Queensland Firebirds: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach Roselee Jencke [club], Lisa Alexander [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Goalkeeper
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Geitzy, Laus (firebirds.net.au, 23 Jun 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement Becoming captain of the Australian Diamonds in August 2013 and carrying the Olympic torch for the 2000 Olympic Games. (abc.net.au, 20 Aug 2013; firebirds.net.au, 23 Jun 2013)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (firebirds.net.au, 23 Jun 2013)
Awards and honours She was appointed captain of the Australian Diamonds in August 2013. (abc.net.au, 20 Aug 2013)

She was given the Liz Ellis Diamond award as Australia's finest netballer in 2011. (laurageitz.com.au, 23 Aug 2013

She was named 2011 Trans-Tasman Netball League Player of the Year. (laurageitz.com.au, 23 Aug 2013)
Ambitions To win more premierships with the Queensland Firebirds. (firebirds.net.au, 23 Jun 2013)
Other information CAPTAIN
Being appointed captain of the Australian team in 2013 initially came as a surprise to her. "I absolutely had no thought that I was even a possibility to be honest. I was urged along with probably my family and Lisa and Rose to put my hand up for the position. I just burst out crying [when I found out], I truly did. I was just so emotional." (abc.net.au, 20 Aug 2013)

REGIONAL NETBALL CLINICS
She enjoys running netball clinics in Australia where she encourages young girls to get into the sport. "I'm so excited to be running clinics in regional areas of Queensland. I know there are lots of young little stars out there, but I felt that there are not always as many opportunities for netballers who live outside of the cities." (sportzscene.com.au, 9 Mar 2013)

CLOTHING RANGE
In July 2011 she launched a sporting apparel clothing line. "When designing the new range, I wanted the clothes to be bright and fashionable, yet at the same time practical for young netballers and I feel that we have achieved this." (firebirds.net.au, 18 Jul 2011)