Part of our young athlete series, AW hears how this Havering Mayesbrook thrower is on a roll
The experience of competing at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, this year is supplying all the motivation Georgie Taylor needs for her winter’s training.
Although the 16-year-old discus thrower was not wholly satisﬁed with her performance in Donetsk, representing Britain is an experience that Georgie is desperate to repeat at next year’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene.
Having ended the summer as the top under-17 female discus thrower in the UK with 47.04m and also having taken golds in the England Athletics under-17 championships and the Sainsbury’s School Games, Georgie enjoyed plenty of highs, but she explains how nothing came close to pulling on the GB kit.
“The World Youths was my favourite competition in my athletics career,” she says.“It made merealise how talented athletes are across the world.”
She is also proud of her performance at the Bedford International Games, as it was this throw that surpassed the mark for Donetsk.
“I always want to improve my PB, but this PB opened so many doors,” she explains. “Realising I had thrown far enough to be picked for Donetsk was a special moment, as I hadn’t really expected it.”
However, the international competition meant the Havering Mayesbrook athlete had to miss her favourite competition – the English Schools Championships. She had won this event for the past two years and would have been favourite to secure a hat-trick of titles.
“I usually compete for Essex at the English Schools, it is always my favourite competition and I love every minute,”she says. “However, this year I had a good reason to miss it and it was the right decision.”
Georgie cites her move to be coached by John Hillier at the end of last year as a reason for her improvement, but is quick to credit the part Brian Kiernan played in her development.
“With Brian I threw 45.10m and it was him who introduced me to John last year,” she says.“Brian felt he had taken me as far as he could, so moving on was for the best, although I was sorry to leave him.”
The teenager now trains three times a week with Hillier for throws at either Eltham or Lee Valley, but still does running training twice a week with GaryO’Neil. And Georgie is also a talent on the track, having clocked 62.73 for 400m.
“I ﬁnd running fun and beneﬁcial, as the speedwork helps with my discus training,” she reveals. Yet not surprisingly she enjoys throwing most.“My favourite part of my training session is of course the throwing and then afterwards we do some hurdles or medicine ball work.”
Next year, Hillier has set Georgie the target of throwing 50m.“Other than that, I just want to have as many opportunities as possible to represent Great Britain again,”says Georgie.
Georgie has just started a BTEC in sport at Campion Sixth Form in Hornchurch in Essex and is thinking about going to university.
You can find further performance stats on Georgie on Power of 10 here.
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