After 18 months away from the game, former Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz has fought her way back into the squad for the Commonwealth Games.
In September 2016, Geitz announced she would be taking a break from netball for the birth of her first child but after a long period away from the game she missed playing at the high intensity.
"It was only until I was at the first Diamonds camp that I realised how much I loved playing netball at the highest level," she said.
After the birth of her son Barney in February last year, Geitz started preparing for the upcoming Suncorp Super Netball season with her beloved Queensland Firebirds.
We are so blessed to have this little man in our lives! Barney Ross Gilbride 25.02.2017 pic.twitter.com/imoZruS3VN— Laura Geitz (@LauraFirebirds) February 28, 2017
During this time, Geitz joined the Diamonds in Canberra as a training partner, which doubled as a simulation camp, her first time with the Diamonds since May 2016.
The camp played a part in the selection for Australia's Commonwealth Games squad but also gave Geitz the chance to get use to playing at a high level once again.
Geitz will be one of the most experienced players in the squad when the Games kick-off in April.
It will be her third Games after competing in New Dehli and Glasgow.
She is excited to be back with the squad and is prepared to provide support to the squad.
"While it has been 18 months since I have played at such high intensity, I am over the moon to be back in the mix and really challenge myself by training against the best," Geitz said
"I understand the importance of a great preparation leading into a major tournament such as a Commonwealth Games and take that very seriously."