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Almost 12-months after giving birth to her first child, Netball star Laura Geitz has been elevated to the Diamonds squad following the Commonwealth Games simulation camp at the Australian Institute of Sport last week.
Head coach Lisa Alexander said she was pleased with Laura’s performance at the camp, and that the defender would continue in her preparations with the Queensland Firebirds.
“Laura performed well at the camp, with improvement in each match play outing.
“She knows what is required of her in this next training block and will keep working hard to reach the level needed,” Alexander said.
The elevation into the Australian squad puts the defender in good stead for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games selection next month, however Geitz knows her position on the team in not a given.
“I understand the importance of a great preparation leading into a major tournament such as a Commonwealth Games and I am happy to play that supporting role for the girls and help them to be in the best shape for April.
“I also understand that during my absence there have been many girls that have stepped up and showed that they are more than capable to perform on the international stage. The Diamonds have always boasted and been lucky to have a great amount of depth to choose from and that’s a great position for Lisa and the selectors to be in heading into a major event such as the Commonwealth Games” she said.
Geitz has 64 test caps and captained the Diamonds Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup Sydney 2015 gold.