Georgie Twigg

Lincoln-born hockey player Georgie Twigg will play alongside two other Lincolnshire athletes in the GB Women’s Hockey Team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Georgie Twigg Interview

Lincolnshire hockey player Shona McCallin spoke to Georgie about her hopes for Gold.

The GB Women’s Hockey team certainly aren’t going to the London 2012 Olympic games to make up numbers. “We’re going for Gold,” says Lincoln hockey star Georgie Twigg. “We have a really good chance at London. We’re currently 4th in the world but got a Silver medal at the recent Champions Trophy – a competition
between the top eight sides in the world.”

Georgie, known to friends as Twiggy, was recently selected as one of 16 athletes to represent Great Britain at London 2012. “I couldn’t quite believe it when I opened up the email saying I’d been selected for the Olympics, it was pretty surreal! I was at home so ran into my parents room screaming and very excitable!”

Home for Georgie is Doddington, Lincolnshire, however she has been based down in London at Bisham Abbey for the last few years where the Great Britain hockey team are based training hard daily. Alongside training, Geogie has also been completing her Law degree at Bristol University meaning it can be quite busy. She said: “A lot of hard work and dedication is required to achieve your goals and there are a lot of highs and lows but it’s worth it in the end.”

Georgie, 21, has been playing hockey since then age of 7, starting out at Lincoln Hockey Club, before progressing through school, county, regional and international ranks. She has played for England at all age groups and gained her first Senior England cap in 2010.

Now, Georgie is looking towards London 2012 and cited “the moment when you take your first step onto pitch” as the moment she is most looking forward to this summer. She will prepare in her own individual way for this moment: “Mentally, I have a superstition to ring my Dad before every game which puts me in a good frame of mind. On the bus I then try and visualise myself in the game and listen to a set playlist on my iPod. Physically we have a set warm up that we’ve been doing for the last few tournaments so we all know what to expect and it gets us just right ahead of the game raring to go. We’ve worked closely with a nutritionist over the last few years so we know now what works for us on game days and what to eat to get us the best prepared for the match.”

Making the London 2012 Games even more special will her family and close friends who will be watching her play. “We have been really lucky to have GB Hockey as a governing body as they have enabled us to have quite a few tickets for each game so all my family and close friends are coming to watch at least one game.”

Georgie says the most influential coach in her career so far is Martin Jones, ex-England international and head of hockey at her school, Repton School. Away from her busy hockey life Georgie likes to go shopping with her friends and cites bowling as a sport she is really bad at. Her favourite place in Lincolnshire is home, Doddington, and if she wasn’t playing hockey she would have loved to play tennis professionally. She has big ambitions after hockey to become a successful lawyer. She loved Blue Peter as a kid and presented flowers to the Queen aged five in Lincoln.

You can follow Georgie’s progress this summer on Twiter by following @georgietwigg and @GBHockey2012.