Queensland and Australian netball champion Laura Geitz has been named as the fifth official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ambassador in Brisbane today.
The netball world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist joins hurdles champion Sally Pearson, swimming star Cameron McEvoy, cycling queen Anna Meares and Paralympian Kurt Fearnley as a welcome member of the GC2018 Ambassador family.
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The Queenslander was handed a a commemorative surfboard to mark the occasion.
This select group of high profile sports figures will assist the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation with promotion of the 2018 Games to Australia and the rest of the world.
Ms Geitz says she’s honoured to take on the role and help promote the Gold Coast.
“To be involved in GC2018 as an ambassador and to help tell the world about how amazing the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia is will be exciting, I can’t wait to welcome the Commonwealth’s best athletes to my home state in April 2018.
“It was an amazing feeling winning gold at Glasgow 2014, but to have a home Commonwealth Games in Queensland will be truly special, with friends and family in the stands cheering us on.
“The Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle for Australian netballers and the prospect of winning back-to-back gold medals is very exciting.”
“This is a new chapter in my life, as I prepare to welcome my first child into the world, and the next 16 months in the lead up to GC2018 will be a whirlwind of excitement.
“I am delighted my first role as an Ambassador was to share the beautiful Borobi plush toys with the children at the Lady Cilento Hospital – seeing their smiles was so heart-warming,” she said.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says Ms Geitz was the perfect fit for the role.
“Laura is a Queensland sporting legend and someone who embodies the excitement of the Gold Coast.
“She is admired by millions of young netballers across Australia and New Zealand and is a great choice as one of our Games ambassadors.”
— Gold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) December 2, 2016