Twigg relishes return to Olympic Park

Georgie Twigg slots home a penalty stroke

Georgie Twigg was just 21 years old when she competed at the London Olympics in 2012. A glorious summer for British sport will live long in the memory for the Surbiton star who collected a bronze medal along with the rest of the Great Britain women’s hockey team.

Now, three years on, she returns to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend to play as part of a Great Britain squad for the first time since that incredible summer. Like many of her teammates, any return to the Olympic Park is of great excitement to the midfielder:

“It’s always amazing going back there. It always give me tingles walking thought the park. I have so many special memories and it’s great to be able to play there in our own hockey venue where we can host tournaments and matches. It’s a great pitch and arena and it’s fantastic to have people coming to watch us back there all over again.” she adds “It’s nice seeing where we stayed and I always remember seeing the pitch from the bus before a game and getting that nervous excitement. We still all get that every time we go to play there.”

Georgie Twigg celebrates at London 2012

Despite her fondness for the venue, Twigg will be going there this weekend in typically focused mood as her side face a stern test from a Japanese side that are, like Great Britain, preparing for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. 

“We expect they’ll be pretty sharp having played in the Eight Nations competition in New Zealand. We have to be ready for them from the start. They’re a bit different to the style of play we’re used to in Europe; they’ll be tricky, with good individual skills but it should be a good test.” she continues “I hope we can get a result. It will be a tough game. We are ready to play some competitive games ahead of the summer so it should stand us in good stead.”

With such a crucial period of tournaments coming up for Danny Kerry’s side one could be forgiven for thinking the pressure and strain of selection hanging over the group was taking its toll. Twigg however looks at it as a positive rather than a negative.

“We’re still waiting for official selection for the World League so there is plenty of competition for places and we’re all vying for a spot in that group. The depth in the squad is good and it can only make us better having that competition for places.”

With the Olympic qualifiers looming large on the horizon the serious business on the Road to Rio starts in earnest this weekend. You can be there to witness the action and drama first hand as tickets are still available. All the details you need are here.