MyLifeIn HOCKEY

The Hockey Paper - - WORLD NEWS - GE­ORGIE TWIGG Eng­land, Great Bri­tain and Sur­biton

ICAN re­mem­ber ex­actly where I was when Danny Kerry first called me up and feel in­cred­i­bly lucky to have gone on and played at two Olympics – end­ing with that magical night in Rio.

I was in my house in my sec­ond year of univer­sity and Danny rang me and asked me if I would go and trial for the women’s squad. I went along and ac­tu­ally got my first GB cap be­fore get­ting my first Eng­land one.

From there I got asked onto the pro­gramme and was se­lected for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 2010 in Not­ting­ham.

It was such a proud mo­ment when I first ran onto the field at the tour­na­ment. It was in­cred­i­bly nerve-wrack­ing though be­cause I was only young and be­ing able to play along­side peo­ple whom I had only ever looked up to was un­be­liev­able.

I had never ever thought I would play at this level and I cer­tainly didn't an­tic­i­pate that I would be part of the se­nior GB pro­gramme in that 2012 cy­cle.

I kind of had in mind the 2016 cy­cle and so for the first game that I put on the strip and went out with all the girls was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

I have also been re­ally lucky in terms of in­jury. I did a lig­a­ment in my an­kle about five weeks be­fore the Lon­don test event in 2012 and we had the Olympic se­lec­tion right af­ter that.

It was a mad panic but the phys­ios pulled me through and got me play­ing. That was my ‘ eeeekkk’ mo­ment but I made it through it all some­how.

I am so proud to have played the in­ter­na­tion­als that I have and the best of them had to have been that magical night in Rio.

I re­mem­ber scor­ing the equaliser then look­ing up to the clock and think­ing if we can go all the way to shuf­fles we would def­i­nitely win the game.

And when the fi­nal whis­tle went Kate Richard­sonWalsh ran passed us shout­ing “Yes! Penal­ties! We have got this girls!” We had pre­pared for ev­ery sce­nario and things kept go­ing our way.

Af­ter Rio I got back to Eng­land and be­gan my law train­ing con­tract in Lon­don. I was meant to start af­ter 2012 but they al­lowed me to de­fer un­til af­ter Rio which was amaz­ing.

I felt it was the right time to start that so I’ve taken a step back from the in­ter­na­tional side of things for the time be­ing and what I do with that is still to be de­cided.

It has been a long jour­ney. I started play­ing hockey at about the age of seven and al­ways en­joyed it. I played quite a bit at Lin­coln HC but it wasn't re­ally un­til when I went to Rep­ton for se­nior school that I re­ally started to take it se­ri­ously.

I joined Can­nock when I was at Rep­ton and that was re­ally where things started to take off for me.

When I was re­ally young I ab­so­lutely loved net­ball but that started to change.

Martin Jones was my coach and I was there at the same time as Suzie Gil­bert. I think he recog­nised we had the ca­pa­bil­ity to do some­thing spe­cial so he got us train­ing with the first team at 14 years-old. He has def­i­nitely played a mas­sive part in both of our hockey ca­reers.

He and Matt Taylor from Can­nock al­ways sup­ported me, es­pe­cially when I was try­ing to bal­ance the de­mands of school and hockey.

Af­ter school I went to Bristol Univer­sity and played at Clifton. I was there for four years.

Now I’m in my fifth year at Sur­biton. I came in just af­ter we had been pro­moted into the Premier League, and we have grown over those years. The nicest thing is that we are not

set­tling at all.

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