16-year-old Georgina (Georgie) Hockenhull is amongst a crop of new senior gymnasts in the Great Britain women’s artistic senior squad. Having competed at the 2012 Junior European Championships in Brussels, Georgie is now looking to make her mark at the highest level.
She trains at Park Wrekin gymnastics club under coaches Christine Still and Brett Ince and is looking ahead towards World Championships trials and next year’s Commonwealth Games where she hopes to compete for Wales.
We caught up with Georgie to find out more about her career to date and plans for the future-
Why and when did you first get involved in gymnastics?
I started gymnastics when I was 4 years old, my mum took me to the gym because I was always running round the house and jumping on everything, a friend said to my mum that she should take me to a gym club and so she took me to park Wrekin Gymnastics club and I really enjoyed it. When I was 5 I got moved up to into the improvers group, soon after that I started to increase my hours and then I moved up into the elite part of the club.
What is it about gymnastics that you like?
The thing I like about gymnastics is that you are always learning something new on all pieces, there is never a dull moment and nothing ever comes easy, you always have challenges.
What are your best pieces and why?
My best piece is floor because I like the tumbling aspect of it and I feel more comfortable when I perform on it.
What have been your best achievements?
My best achievement was representing Great Britain in the junior Europeans 2012, this was the first time I had ever competed for Great Britain, and it was an amazing experience.
What are the best and worst things about being a top gymnast?
The best things about being a top gymnast is representing your country in competition, and meeting new people from other countries. There are no bad things about being a top gymnast.
What’s it like being in the senior British squad?
I really enjoy being in the senior squad, I get on with everyone really well and find it really fun. In my club at the moment I’m the only senior gymnast, so it’s really nice to work with people my own age.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working towards the World Championships trials, I’m hoping to increase my start value on all four pieces since this year’s British Championships
What are your aims for the future?
My biggest aim for the future is to go to the 2016 Olympics but at the moment I am working towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.