For the third straight year, the Australian Diamonds have been named the A-Team of the Year at the Women’s Health `I Support Women In Sport’ awards.
Diamonds captain Laura Geitz continues to enhance her reputation as one of the country’s most outstanding sporting captains by winning the Leadership Legend award for the second consecutive year.
Geitz led the Diamonds to victory at the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, winning the gold medal in front of a world record crowd at Sydney’s Allphones Arena.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner at Sydney’s Horden Pavillion on Tuesday night that celebrated the success of Australian female athletes.
World champion cyclist Anna Meares received the top honor, named the Sportswoman of the Year.
Speaking from Perth, where they are preparing for the fourth and final Test of the Constellation Cup, Alexander said the team are proud to once again receive the accolade.
“To be recognised three consecutive years as the leading female sporting team in Australia is not just a wonderful accolade for this group of athletes, but for the sport of netball overall,” Alexander said.
“The `I Support Women In Sport’ awards is an extremely prestigious celebration of everything Australian women have achieved in sport over the last 12 months.
“We are pleased that Women’s Health Australia readers have once again valued the work the Diamonds and netball is doing and also reflect the values which we stand by – teamwork, integrity, respect.
“I congratulate all the nominees and the award winners who have achieved so much in their chosen sport and life.”
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said Geitz was a “wonderful ambassador” for not just netball, but women’s sport in general.
“Laura sets a wonderful example for young females in sport,” Palmer said.
“Laura has led significant change in way the Diamonds go about their business; she reinforces the agreed team values and is uncompromising in the standard of behavior both on and off the court.
“She believes very strongly in the power of sport to change communities, connects very well with her own community and represents women at the elite level of sport in an authentic way.
“Laura is a terrific leader. She has a strong view on where she needs to go personally and professionally and she’s driven to succeed.”