Emily Moss spoke with sprinter Georgina Adam about a season which brought her gold medals at the Schools International
After taking silver over 200m in the intermediate age group at the English Schools Championships earlier in the year, Lincolnshire’s Georgina Adam was delighted to earn selection to represent England at the SIAB Schools International in Ashford.
The 16-year-old made the most of her England debut, too, coming away from Ashford with two gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m – and she clearly really enjoyed the experience.
“It was an honour to wear the England kit, representing my country,” she said. “It was brilliant to win gold, but I didn’t realise I had won at first. About 10 minutes after the race, I found out I had won on a photofinish by one hundredth of a second. It was a relief, as I had set out for gold and I achieved that.”
Georgina went on to claim silver at the England Athletics Under-17 Championships at the end of August. Earlier, the Lincoln Wellington athlete had enjoyed a taste of success in 2015, when she claimed bronze at the English Schools, but having just missed out on a top-two spot to secure selection for the international she had been determined to go at least one better in 2016, which she duly did.
Looking ahead, she is aiming to go sub-24 over 200m next year, win a medal in the senior age group at the English Schools and go to the World Under-20 Championships in the future.
What is all the more impressive is that Georgina is multi-talented, playing football at a high level alongside her athletics. She used to play for the Lincoln Ladies’ Centre of Excellence and trained on Mondays and Wednesdays, in addition to matches on Saturdays.
However, such is her footballing ability, she is now signing up to Notts County FC. With athletics training on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with races, when she can, on the weekends, Georgina is aware that training arrangements for her two sports will need to be changed. She says: “My coach, Denise Timmis, intends to get in contact with the football club in order to avoid me over-exercising.”
She comes from a sporting family which has undoubtedly contributed to her sporting success. “My dad used to do steeplechase and some cross country and still partakes in local events such as the Lincoln 10km,” she says. “He has been the main person that has supported me throughout my sporting years. Without him taking me to football and athletics I wouldn’t have got this far.”
In addition, her PE teachers encouraged her to start going to the athletics club. “I was playing football and did quite a lot of athletics events for school and consequently, my school teachers Ms Penny and Mr Baines saw potential and began persuading me to sign up to a club,” she remembers. “About two years ago I went into the PE office. I was told that Lincoln Wellington AC were on the phone and it started from there.”
Having completed her GCSEs, next year Georgina is continuing on in the sixth form at North Kesteven School in Lincoln. She will be studying for an A-Level in sociology and health and social care, as well as a BTEC in sport.
“Beyond that, I hope to study at Loughborough University for a PE-related degree or I may pursue a football scholarship in Canada, depending on how my grades pan out,” she says.
You can find further performance stats on Georgina on Power of 10 here.
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