Former Diamonds captain, Laura Geitz will make her return to the court at this year’s Commonwealth Games, after taking time away from the game in 2017 to start a family.
She opened up to her fans, posting an emotional message on social media about her selection and what it means to wear the green and gold this time around:
Please scroll down with me here as I have a bit to say!
I want to thank everyone who has gone out of their way to send their warmest wishes over the last 48hrs. I am absolutely thrilled, honoured, proud & somewhat nervous about the opportunity to represent the Australian Diamonds at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!💚💛
Yesterday I was asked if this selection has been the most special yet? I said No – they’ve all been special & provided different emotions, but equal amounts of pride & excitement. In my opinion not one selection should be taken for granted & you are never owed anything. This time does mean something different to me though – I am returning to represent my country as a Mum. My life priorities have changed & each day is not just about me, it’s about our boy Barney, ensuring he wants for nothing & knows nothing but love!
Obviously, this preparation has been very different; I haven’t been out on court for the best part of 18mths, but I know every mother can attest that delivering a baby & taking care of a little human makes any pre-season look like a walk in the park! Sleepless nights, whole new level of organisation & busier than ever while balancing a training schedule has been challenging! Ironically, I feel refreshed, passionate, ready & incredibly excited about what lies ahead.
I’m certainly no trail blazer; there have been many inspirational women before me returning with kids. Netball is leading the way for women’s sport in Australia & I am proud to be a part of this shift; I will be forever in debt to our game. I do hope this sends a message to our next generation that careers don’t have to end because you want to start a family. We’re fortunate to have choices & as women I think it helps to encourage each other to choose what works for you. I hope all young women from all walks of life learn that aspirations & dreams are possible through every stage of life.
Finally, no matter how much outside praise has come my way, there is one clear fact that will never be lost on me… I didn’t do this alone. To my husband Mark, my Mum, Zelda extended family, friends, coaches & netball community, thank you for your love, support & tolerance to put up with me when the going gets tough.. stick with me I will need you every step of the way. I’m excited to see many familiar faces in the crowd at the Commonwealth Games, but there is one that will mean the most to me & that is Barney Ross Gilbride! ❤