Hockey star Georgie Twigg may have an Olympic bronze medal to her name, but she has admitted to having first-match nerves ahead of her Surbiton Hockey Club debut.
The 21-year-old, who switched to Sugden Road this summer, starred for Team GB’s women in their third-place play-off match in front of thousands of fans – including Kate Middleton – at the
London 2012 Games.
Six weeks on, Twigg is expected to make her debut for skipper Chloe Strong’s team at Sutton Coldfield this weekend as Surbiton look to build on a historic first Women’s England Hockey League
Premier Division win over Reading at the weekend.
And she admitted watching last Saturday’s 4-0 opening day win from the sidelines, only added to the pressure.
“I’m a bit nervous to be honest. It is a new club and new set of players,” she said this week .
“I do know quite a few of the girls through the Team GB set up, but it is still a case of turning up to training and impressing.
“It is a great club with a great set-up. It was a good win at the weekend. The girls already look strong.
“It was a good start but we cannot get ahead of ourselves.
“There is an excellent depth of talent in the squad and everyone is going to be fighting for a place. With a win like that it is going to be difficult to get in the team.”
Twigg, who has recently moved to Fulham, grew up in Lincolnshire before
moving to Bristol University to study a law degree, while turning out for Surbiton’s new Premier Division rivals Clifton.
She was part of Team GB team that won Olympic bronze this summer with a 3-1 win over New Zealand – a first women’s hockey Olympic medal for 20 years.
Despite enjoying the media spotlight and the glamour of last week’s athletes parade in London, Twigg is looking forward to a return to normal life – including returning to her studies.
Although she still has an eye on the 2016 Games in Brazil.
“We were so disappointed to lose out in our semi-final because we had set our sights on gold,” she said.
“Missing out on gold gives you the incentive to go again for Rio – if selected, of course.
“We’ve got the European Championships and World League Series coming up so it starts all over again. You’re sad when it is all over, but it will be nice to get back to normal.”