Netball star Aiken backed for standing up to bullying

QUEENSLAND Firebirds captain Laura Geitz says the entire team has thrown its support behind teammate Romelda Aiken after her public admission she has been the victim of cyber racism, bullying and aggressive threats.

The Jamaican star revealed she sent a naked photo of herself to a person she met on Instagram. The photo was then posted on various public social media platforms. The person then began a series of racial and personal attacks, stalking and threatening the star athlete over a period of months.

Queensland police have been investigating the matter, Aiken saying it had been "an extremely stressful few months".

Geitz said she hoped her teammate's courage in bringing the matter into the public spotlight would stop others from following the same path.

"The fact Romelda has brought her private turmoil out into the public arena at the risk of her own reputation will mean more young women may get the message that this is a form of interaction that can so easily be exploited," Geitz said.

"The Firebirds love and respect Romelda even more so now after knowing what she has been going through, and I think she is only going to be stronger for it."