Matthew Denny, past teachers Kate Gordon and Joyce Gibson, Laura Geitz and son Barney at the Allora Regional Sports Museum Tribute Night and 20th anniversary dinner.
Matthew Denny, past teachers Kate Gordon and Joyce Gibson, Laura Geitz and son Barney at the Allora Regional Sports Museum Tribute Night and 20th anniversary dinner. Gerard Walsh

Athletes in awe of contribution of two Allora teachers

LAURA Geitz and Matthew Denny were home for a Allora Regional Sports Museum Tribute Night at the Allora Community Hall on Saturday and two of the first people they spoke to were former teachers/tutors.

The Allora athletes each won silver at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and were joined on the night by Broncos NRLW premiership winner Stephanie Hancock so Allora and district could pay tribute to all three.

Ms Geitz and Mr Denny were in awe of the involvement in their education of Joyce Gibson and Kate Gordon.

Joyce Gibson said even in pre and primary school, Matthew was genuine, friendly and a student who worked hard.

"Laura was always a leader, she was a happy go lucky little girl at school at Allora who fitted in with everyone,” Mrs Gibson said.

Mrs Gordon said she "was very very proud of what Matthew and Laura had achieved”.

"Laura was very reliable, like the head girl at school in Allora,” she said.

The two teachers from Allora were good judges of leadership as Ms Geitz went on to captain the Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds to netball success.

Ms Hancock might come from Killarney but her father Rohan Hancock played rugby league for Queensland and Australia while playing for Allora/Clifton team Wattles in the TRL so his daughter was recognised for a season in which she won a premiership with the Broncos and won the Maroons representative player of the year award.

The night doubled as the 20th anniversary dinner for the Allora Regional Sports Museum.