Hi, I’m Georgie Twigg, a 21 year old Law studying, Gossip Girl watching, Jonny Wilkinson (or Rafa Nadal) loving, GB women’s hockey player and proud new owner of a London 2012 bronze medal!
I first picked up a hockey stick when I was 7 and played all sports until I went to secondary school when I started to focus a bit more on hockey. In hockey terms, my path to the England team was quite typical in that I played for my school, local club Cannock, then my county, England under 16s and I kept progressing enough to make my international debut in the summer of 2010. I suppose my strengths as a player are my ‘tight skills’ and ability to clear the ball out of congested areas.
To say this has been the biggest and busiest year of my life would be an understatement! I’m normally quite disciplined in balancing my studies and hockey but my finals fell right in the middle of Olympic team selection and so keeping my mind on the exams was a little tricky. I definitely get more nervous in exams than I do playing in big hockey matches so was very relieved when I got a 2:1.
It’s hard to describe what it was like playing for Great Britain at a home Olympics. Our preparation had been so thorough down to the finest detail but nothing quite prepares you for the noise and adrenalin surge of 16,000 home fans cheering you on.
Although at the beginning of the tournament our goal was to win gold, we were all thrilled to win a bronze and we’ve done some major celebrating since then! There were parties at China Whites, The Grange Hotel and on the last day of the Olympics we were invited to a party at GB House where Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner and Boris Johnson were hanging out (as they do). I think my favourite Olympic Party though was at the village where Team GB hosted a party after the closing ceremony.
One of the things that really stood out during the Olympics was that Team GB was a genuine team; every time you returned to the village there were always athletes from different sports asking how you got on and supporting you and it was great to relax and party with everybody when it was all finished.
The next few weeks we did loads of media work before I finally snuck away on holiday to Egypt for a peaceful week in the sun. Since then it’s been back to normal playing for my new club Surbiton and studying for my post grad LPC in London. Surbiton are in the Investec Women’s Premier Division for the first time but there are a great bunch of girls at the club and we’re currently riding high in the league. We probably need a little more experience before we can win it but we’ll certainly give it a go.
I say things are back to normal although I have to go now as I’m off to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen with the rest of the Team GB medal winners!
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