Tears for a little champion
Geitz comforts players after girl killed in crash
NETBALL star Laura Geitz helped console shattered young players yesterday after the death of one of their own in a horrific double fatality car crash en route to a primary school carnival in Bundaberg.
The eight-year-old Gold Coast girl, a member of the Coomera Netball Club, was killed in the head-on collision on the Bruce Highway near South Isis, southeast of Childers, on Friday afternoon.
The male driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, a ute, also died. A woman and an 11-year-old girl travelling with the 8-year-old suffered serious injuries and were flown to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
The tragedy cast a pall over the Primary Schools Cup, a Netball Queensland-hosted carnival involving 800 children which began yesterday in Bundaberg.
Recently retired Queensland Firebirds star Geitz arrived at the carnival for a promotional visit soon after news of the tragedy broke.
Coomera Netball Club officials spoke of their grief in a Facebook post yesterday.
“We as a committee write this post with a very heavy heart,” they said.
“Yesterday three members of our club were involved with a fatal car crash in Bundaberg. A member from our under-8 Avalanche team sadly passed away while travelling to a school netball event.
“We currently have one of our senior coaches and her granddaughter in hospital with serious injuries.
“We … don’t have full details on this at this point. We offer our deepest condolences to the families involved, we cannot even begin to imagine what you might be going through at this very sad time.
“We as a club need to rally round and help these families ... we are asking you to dig deep and make a donation direct deposited into our club bank account – all funds raised will go directly to all families involved.”
Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said the heart- breaking tragedy had cast a shadow over “what would otherwise have been an absolutely wonderful festival”.
“There are 800 girls and boys here in Bundaberg and it’s a bit of a sombre time,” she said.
“Many people were unaware of the tragedy because they were travelling here and we’ve made them aware of it this morning. We’re wrapping our arms around the families and the communities that have been impacted by this terrible, heartbreaking accident.”
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