18 May 2012
Star hockey player and Bristol University Law student Georgie Twigg says she will be going for gold after being named in Team GB’s squad for the Olympics. 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.
At 21, Georgie is the youngest member of the 16-strong ladies hockey team which was picked from 28 hopefuls.
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.
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.
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.
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 Law School have 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.