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Georgia Gibbs

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Georgia_GibbsName: Georgia Gibbs

Pursuit: Rowing

Georgia has been a member of the Western Australian State Squad Rowing team for the past 5 years and has been WA’s State School Girl Champion in years 9, 10 and 11. She has won two Australian National Championships and has medalled in every race at that level and has broken an Australian record with her partner in the double skulls in 2008. Having to travel 80mins each day to train, Georgia will use the grant to cover travel and accommodation costs both locally, nationally and possibly internationally. Georgia’s goal
is to gain selection in London’s 2012 Olympic Games. Her motto “Pain is temporary, victory is forever”.

When did you start?
I started rowing in year 8 as kind of a joke, me and some friends where at school and seen a video clip of the Olympic rowers on the TV. It was a pretty moving clip and we where all blown away by it, being kids we all laughed and all said 'we could do that easy' my teacher was behind us at the time, she laughed and made us go down to the rowing club with the school rowing programme on that Wednesday too see 'if we actually could', 5 years later I'm still rowing and love it!

Career highlight or biggest achievement?
To me my biggest achievement was winning my first national medal, it was my single scull and there was less than 500m to go. I was coming dead last and I could hear the crowd cheering, I went from dead last to second it felt so amazing I was only 15 at the time and ill never forget that feeling, my first time up on the podium.

What is your dream?
When I watch the Olympics on the TV i can just imagine the sense of achievement when the medallists of what ever sport make it up there on the podium. The look on the faces is unexplainable. I want that to be me one day.

Who or what have inspired you?

Who's your hero?
My hero or my inspiration would be 'Team Hoyt' the father and son team.

Any other special talents?
I can make a funny noise with my lips hah...

Favourite Music?
Triple J hottest 100 album, of every year

Favourite Movie?
The Notebook (it's so romantic)

Favourite Book?

Favourite TV Show?
Packed to the Rafters

Favourite Food?
A nice roast always goes down a treat

How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
It will help with travel, accommodation, seat fees for big events my boats maintenance and new uniforms as I need them.

Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Pain is temporary, victory is forever