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Hamil­ton Is­land has hosted the stars in re­cent times but this week­end the hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion will be graced by one of Aus­tralia’s premier sport­ing starts.

Aus­tralian Di­a­monds’ cap­tain Laura Geitz is set to host a se­ries of net­ball clin­ics for guests and res­i­dents on Satur­day.

Geitz has en­joyed a mag­i­cal 2015, cap­tain­ing both the Queens­land Fire­birds to the ANZ Cham­pi­onship and the Di­a­monds to the World Cup.

Play­ing goal keeper, Geitz has been in­stru­men­tal in the suc­cess of both pro­grams, left with the oner­ous task of shut­ting down the world’s most for­mi­da­ble shoot­ers.

All this, af­ter pre-sea­son knee surgery had left the in­spi­ra­tional leader’s fu­ture in doubt.

And whilst flirt­ing with re­tire­ment fol­low­ing the Di­a­monds’ nar­row three-goal win over peren­nial spar­ring part­ners New Zealand, Geitz has de­cided to con­tinue on with the Queens­land Fire­birds – hop­ing for a golden send-off with vic­tory at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

Her im­me­di­ate fu­ture is about shar­ing her love for the game with her le­gion of fans, which in­cludes this week­end on Hamil­ton Is­land.

Geitz will host three clin­ics tar­get­ing dif­fer­ent age groups and abil­i­ties.

The first of the clin­ics at 9am at the Hamil­ton Is­land Sports Club is for chil­dren aged nine and un­der, the sec­ond ses­sion (10am) is for chil­dren aged 10-12 and the fi­nal clinic (11am) is for open age net­ball fans.

While the clin­ics are free for guests of Hamil­ton Is­land re­sort prop­er­ties, they are open to res­i­dents, day visi­tors and guests for $10 per per­son.

All three ses­sions will run for an hour, with an in­creas­ing amount of court as the age and abil­ity rises.

Geitz will be avail­able for ques­tions, pho­tos and au­to­graphs at the con­clu­sion of on­court time each ses­sion.

To book phone 4946 8305.

STAR POWER: Laura Geitz will host net­ball clin­ics on Hamil­ton Is­land this week­end.

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