Geitz taps into coun­try spirit for hors­ing around at Ekka

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SHE may be a cham­pion Queens­land Fire­bird on court but net­ball queen Laura Geitz prefers hors­ing around in her down time.

Grow­ing up on a cat­tle and grain prop­erty out of Al­lora, Geitz ( pic­tured) has the coun­try in her blood and next month’s Bris­bane Ekka on her mind.

“I lived the ex­is­tence of ev­ery coun­try kid with ev­ery an­i­mal you could pos­si­bly have on our fam­ily farm – I ab­so­lutely loved it,” Geitz, also the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds skip­per, said.

Her first mem­ory of the Ekka was dur­ing a Year 5 school trip to Bris­bane for the show.

“I re­mem­ber pick­ing out which show­bag I wanted and lov­ing all the an­i­mals that were there,” she said.

“That was a mas­sive draw­card for me even though the Ekka just re­sem­bled what our backyard looks like at home.”

Ac­cord­ing to Geitz bring­ing the coun­try to the city is “ex­cep­tion­ally im­por­tant” for re­gional Queens­land.

“Un­less you’ve come from a ru­ral back­ground you don’t un­der­stand what the coun­try lifestyle means and some­times you can’t un­der­stand the strug­gles of mak­ing life off the land,” she said. “Peo­ple’s liveli­hoods are based on sea­sons and that’s a hard con­cept for city peo­ple to grasp but I think the Ekka is where that is put on show.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see what a day in the life of a farmer looks like.”

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