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Turning passion into business

20 October 2017

With more than a third of business owners being motivated by passion, it's no surprise the recently established Fuel2Fly is the brainchild of two netball greats and their shared love of the game.

Founded by Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds stars Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman, Fuel2Fly netball clinics are held in local communities and are designed to instil confidence in young Australians.

"We wanted to share our experiences and passion with our younger players. Fuel2Fly isn't just about netball skills, it's more about helping young players be confident in all aspects of their life," Laura said.

Laura and Clare saw the opportunity to turn their passion into a business opportunity. 

"We wanted Fuel2Fly to reach as many communities as possible, so it was important for us to develop a model which enabled us to connect directly with players to understand more about how we can help them," Clare said.

"While we didn't have a strong background in business, we remained focused on our vision and reached out to people who had the knowledge to help us achieve what we wanted to do. This supported us to embrace and learn from the stumbles we encountered along the way.

"Laura and I also took a similar approach to how we would work together on the netball court. We identified and appreciated each other's strengths and the role each of us would play in running Fuel2Fly."

As a new mum, Laura also emphasised the importance of working flexibly.

"We quickly had to work out how to juggle many hats between work-life, family-life, playing netball and running the clinics," Laura said.

"Along the way, it was also important for us not sweat the small stuff, but instead learn from our mistakes.  Things aren't always going to be perfect and that's ok. Sometimes the best outcomes come when things go wrong."

Building on their partnership with Netball Australia and the #Teamgirls initiative, Suncorp is partnering with Laura and Clare to help bring their Fuel2Fly clinics to a new generation of young netballers. Read here for more information.   

Media Contact: Ashleigh Paterson 0407 925 665

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