Gorgs  and coaching team

Olympic Shooter joins coaching team

Double Commonwealth Bronze medallist and Olympic Pistol Shooter, Georgina (Gorgs) Geikie, has become the latest top athlete to join the Plymouth Studio School coaching team.

Gorgs, who was one of only ten GB shooters to take part in the 2012 Olympics and is currently training for a place in next year’s Rio Olympics, is leading monthly training sessions for Year 10 and 12 Plymouth Studio School sport students to give them a taste of the skills needed to excel in the sport and to sample the latest in laser shooting technology and equipment.

Gorgs’ involvement with Plymouth Studio School, which is based at the University of St Mark and St John, comes ahead of the opening of the school’s state-of-the-art High Performance Sports Centre which is part of a new £4.2 million facility due to open in Autumn 2016.

The High Performance Sports Centre will include the latest in laser pistol technology and an indoor shooting range designed for Modern Pentathlon training, coaching and competition.  It will also include a specialist medical  lab for sports physiotherapy, power testing, functional screenings and physiological monitoring.

Gorgs joins Olympic athletes and Commonwealth medal winners, Antony James, Steve Beckerleg and Katherine Endacott, together with Olympic sports performance coach and psychologist, Jon Rhodes, as part of the Plymouth Studio School teaching team.

She will also be working alongside Plymouth Studio School Modern Pentathlon student, Kerenza Bryson, who was part of the GB Under 18s team silver medal winning team at the Youth A Championships in Buenos Aires in 2015.  Kerenza’s flexible timetable and additional mentoring and coaching support at Plymouth Studio School allows her to combine her training schedule with studying for her A levels.

Gorgs comments, “It’s fantastic to get involved with students who are focussed on careers and excellence in sport and to work with them from an early age.  Pistol shooting demands a strong mental approach and the skills learnt can be transferred and applied to other sports and working life too.  I’m really looking forward to discovering new talent and taking shooting in Britain to the next level working in conjunction with Plymouth Studio School.”

Jon Rhodes, Director of Sports Performance  for the Plymouth Studio School comments, “We are really pleased to be able to offer our students such a high level of coaching and mentoring with Olympic level athletes within their school curriculum and delighted that Gorgs is now working alongside us.”

The next Plymouth Studio School Open Evening for Year 10 and 12 entry in September 2016 is on Thursday 21st January,  6.00pm at the University of St Mark & St John.   Register here to attend