Georgina shines on debut on the international stage

Georgina Oliver, from Rastrick, in action at the BT Paralympic World Cup held in Manchester.
Georgina Oliver, from Rastrick, in action at the BT Paralympic World Cup held in Manchester.

Rastrick racer Georgina Oliver has returned home after a successful world championships where she picked up a bronze medal.

The 20-year-old was competing in her first major international competition as she represented Great Britain at the 2013 IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France.

Georgina Oliver with her Bronze medal from the World Championships in Lyon.

Georgina Oliver with her Bronze medal from the World Championships in Lyon.

Having set a personal best time of 17.28 in the semi final in the T54 class, Georgina had originally finished 4th in the final.

However, she was promoted to third after Chinese racer Wenjun Liu was disqualified but it still came as quite a shock to her.

“I was on my way back to the hotel as I hadn’t medalled and it wasn’t until my mum had seen it on the telly and rung me that the Chinese athlete had been disqualified and I had been promoted.”

American track star Tatyana McFadden took gold and Finland’s Amanda Kotaja picked up the silver.

It was an impressive competition for the former Rastrick High School pupil who is now training full time and also reached the 200m final and set another personal best.

“It has been hard work training all the time and competing against other athletes who have been doing it longer than me.

“I was out there for 19 days and it was hard at first but once the race started things moved a lot quicker.

“I knew other athletes on the team but even when I made it to the final they were all there cheering when I got back. Everyone was really supportive.

“It was the biggest thing I have achieved so far and I really enjoyed it.”

She will be back racing in Stoke (August 11) and Coventry on August 24.