GEORGIA Taylor-Brown’s competitive streak may have carried her to Olympic gold – at primary school her main aim was just to beat the boys!
The yard and fields at Audenshaw’s Aldwyn Primary School are as far removed from the Olympic venue in Tokyo as you could get.
But no matter the surroundings, or her age, the desire to succeed was still there.
One thing was more terrifying than taking on the world’s best triathletes – speaking in a school play.
And do not be surprised to see her pop in and visit, as her nine-year-old nephew Sebastian goes there now.
Georgia said: “If my mum reads this she will laugh because my memory is absolutely terrible and I can’t remember much from primary school.
“But I definitely remember being better than all of the boys at swimming lessons and very competitive on sports day!
“I was also in a big school play once and I had a lead vocal role which was terrifying.
“I loved primary school though, my year group got along really well. My nephew is there now and I went back to visit at the end of 2019.
“It was strange really because it’s a brand new school now so everything is completely different but the love for sport is still very much there and everyone has been so supportive.
“Whether they know me or not, they are just proud of me, and that is the best feeling ever.”
Georgia’s then teacher Caroline Charnock is now Aldwyn’s headteacher and she recalls the medals and certificates she won as a child laying the platform.
Caroline said: “We are so proud of Georgia and were gripped to our seats cheering her on especially when she had the determination to continue, apparently unfazed, by her puncture in the women’s event.
“I shed a tear as she strived to make up time so amazingly, and crossed the line to gain her silver medal.
“Her teamwork in the relay was outstanding especially when their efforts brought home the gold.
“What I loved most of all was Georgia’s positive attitude when interviewed. It demonstrated that she competes with intelligence, determination and above all, the love for her sport and the fun she has with her team-mates.
“The way she was congratulated by her fellow competitors showed us that her achievement was being celebrated not only as an Olympian but as a valued member of Team GB.
“Little did we know when we awarded Georgia numerous certificates and medals rewarding her sporting achievements in assembly that we were recognising the great strides Georgia was taking towards becoming an Olympian.
“We did know, however, that her attitude to learning and friendships would contribute to a successful career.
“Georgia has fulfilled her ambitions and dreams and is a fantastic ambassador for Aldwyn Primary School. She is an inspiration to us all. She has done her best and is now an Olympic Champion.”