Job title Olympic Trap Shooting
Employer Mintridge Foundation
Georgina has represented Wales and Great Britain at Olympic Trap shooting since she was 17. As an ambassador for The Mintridge Foundation and British Shooting, she has found her passion for helping others achieve their goals.
Georgina won the Sport category in the Women of the Future awards 2019 for her contribution to the shooting sport. Georgina currently runs her own British Shooting Talent Hub at Mendip Shooting Ground, and is the development coach for the Talent Academy.
6 months after Georgina first picked up a shotgun she qualified for her county team, after another 6 months she qualified for the Welsh Team and then 1 year after that she was selected for her first World Cup for Great Britain.
Her shooting career has been a real rollercoaster with incredible highs and serious lows alongside a series of successes and ‘failures’ which have shaped who she is as an athlete and here she outlines her advice for aspiring young athletes keen to pursue a career in professional sport.
What does it take to forge a professional career in sport?
A lot of determination and discipline! You need to be self-motivated, but more importantly you need to believe in yourself – even if you don’t feel like others do.
Your advice to young athletes on how to achieve success…
- Make something visual which will remind you what your goals are. I keep a spider diagram of my goals in front of my desk, so I have a constant reminder of where I want to go and what I want to achieve. I make sure I do one positive thing every day that will help me towards my goal, even if that is just a workout or getting an early night!
- Confidence – Fake it until you make it (it’ll eventually feel natural – promise!)
- Working on your fitness doesn’t have to be a chore, you can find fun ways to keep fit. I’ve always been really sporty and I love keeping fit. It fills me with so much confidence when I stand on the range and know that I am the fittest person there!
- Be disciplined with your nutrition programme! I love unhealthy snacks, so learning how to moderate how much I eat is hard work. It’s important to remember that everything is good in moderation so you can (and should!) still enjoy your favourite foods. It’s important not to lose sight of what your end goal is – this is what helps me stop myself when I find myself reaching for a sharing bag of crisps (I will finish them in 1 sitting)!
Advice for young athletes attending a trial…
Treat competition and training the same way, it will help make competition feel normal. Focus on your routine, try your best and have fun!
Best advice you were given?
“Do what is right, not what is easy”
Georgina Roberts is an Ambassador for The Mintridge Foundation a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport. They provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models. For more information on how they can support your sports programme visit their website.
More advice on how to become a professional sports athlete…
Football – Fil Kamps
Gymnastics – Grace Harrison
Judo – Nekoda Davis
Hockey – Shona McCallin MBE
Wheelchair Basketball – Jordan Jarrett Bryan
Cricket – Patrick Foster
Climbing – Molly Thompson-Smith
Archery – Danielle Brown MBE
Athletics – Iona Lake
Basketball – Marko Backovic
Sailing – Hannah Diamond