Press release issued 18 May 2012
Star hockey player and Bristol University student Georgie Twigg says she will be going for gold after being named in Team GB’s squad for the Olympics.
At 21, Georgie is the youngest member of the 16-strong ladies hockey team which was picked from 28 hopefuls.
She found out the news last week but has had to keep it top secret ahead of this morning’s announcement at the London Stock Exchange.
Georgie, who is in her final year studying Law, said: “I was so excited. It’s an absolute honour to be part of the team and I’m so excited about the next few months. I’ve dreamt about being an Olympian but you never think you’ll get the chance to compete in your home country, which makes it extra special. It will be the most fantastic atmosphere when we’re playing, knowing the whole nation is cheering us on.
“The team’s consistently improved over the past few years and come the summer we will be fighting for the gold medal.
“My earliest memory is of Kelly Holmes winning a gold medal and I remember screaming and jumping up and down in front of the television. Even when I was called up to the national squad two years ago I never dreamt that I would be in this position now, it really is a dream come true.”
Georgie, who won her first England senior cap in the summer of 2010, juggles training at the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey with her studies and playing for Clifton Ladies.
The University of Bristol has supported Georgie with her studies, allowing her to split the final year of her law degree over two years and arranging for all her seminars and tutorials to be on a Friday to accommodate her intense training schedule.
She was a member of the High Performance Squad, which helps talented student athletes continue with their sporting careers without compromising their academic progress.
Now Georgie faces the difficult task of revising for her final two law exams in June while embarking on an intense programme of training for the Olympic Games, with the first hockey match taking place on 29 July.
Georgie added: “The University and its Law School has been absolutely fantastic in supporting me. They’ve been really flexible in allowing me to split my final year and have podcast any lectures or seminars which I’ve had to miss. I’m 100 per cent grateful that the University’s enabled me to continue studying whilst pursuing my Olympic dream.”
The Great Britain hockey team are currently ranked fourth in the world, having enjoyed a consistent rise up the rankings from 11th over the past six years. They finished sixth in the Beijing Olympics and have high hopes of winning a medal at London 2012.
Hopes are high after Great Britain won the Olympic test event at the Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park earlier this month, beating world number two team Argentina in the final.
Further details about the Great Britain hockey team annoucement can be found here.
Georgie Twigg in action for the GB ladies hockey team
It’s an absolute honour to be part of the team and I’m so excited about the next few months. I’ve dreamt about being an Olympian but you never think you’ll get the chance to compete in your home country, which makes it extra special.