In case we failed to mention it fewer than a zillion times, the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be on Australian ground, Gold Coast, to be exact.
That is some good news for Queensland Firebirder Laura Geitz, who has been recalled by the Diamonds to rep for Australia when the Games get underway.
It will be the first time playing at international level for Geitz since she took a spell following 2015. She was away for pregnancy and the birth of her son, Barney, last February.
She resumed training and hit the gym hard and that dedication, combined with her international experience, earned her a slot. This will be her third Commonwealth Games and the first played in Australia.
Gold Coast is a fortuitous location for her, too, as she will not have to deal with the demands of motherhood and those of international netball from a vast distance. She has already demonstrated that the delicate juggling act of parenthood and netball is well within her capabilities, but were the Commonwealth Games to be held in some far flung locale, she might have had reservations about her fairytale recall by the Diamonds.
Netball Coach Lisa Alexander had been communicating with Geitz and Alexander knew that Geitz was working on a return since September of 2017.
Alexander told The Courier-Mail, “We were hopeful that everything would go well for her and that she would be able to compete and put her hand up for selection,” Alexander said. “I knew Laura would be super-organised and she wouldn’t make that decision about putting herself back out there unless she’d really thought about it deeply and she had the commitment of her family behind her. We combine family and elite sport and I’m really proud of that. As a sport, we’re fair dinkum about it.”
Australia Opens the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games against Northern Ireland in early April of 2018 and is in the same pool with Barbados, South Africa, Fiji and Jamaica.