Netball stars' words for Warwick girls on-court and off
SIXTY sporty girls got the opportunity of their life this afternoon: a one-on-one training session with national netball superstar Laura Geitz on the very grounds where her career began.
Geitz and fellow champions Gretel Tippett and Clare McMeniman coached Southern Downs netball enthusiasts at the Scots PGC college this afternoon.
Young shooters, defenders and mid-court players hung off every word as the champions helped them hone their skills in specific areas.
Scots netball coach Louise Ratcliffe said the students would remember the session for years to come.
"In my time of playing netball I probably only got one opportunity to train with an Australian player,” Ratcliffe said.
"Laura has just come back from the Commonwealth Games with a silver medal and it's such a great opportunity to learn from these elite players.”
While feedback on the court was plentiful, it was the message after the game that really hit home.
"The great thing I see today is that you girls have so many options for playing sport,” Geitz said.
"There's rugby sevens for girls in Warwick now, we never had that at my age.”
It was a powerful message for the girls to diversify their skills and branch out, but in true loyal form, Geitz reminded the players to always come back to netball.
She recounted the early days of her career.
"I started playing netball here when I was 13 years old,” she said.
Picked as a shooter, Geitz said her start to the sport wasn't what you might expect.
"I was a terrible shooter but eventually I found my place in defence.”
The 2-hour session was one of several run around the country through the All Stars Netball Clinics, which aim to pair elite athletes with up-and-coming players to help them refine their skills.
Scots PGC College director co-curricula activities Peter Wilson said the school invited players from the wider community to participate.