Sports Accolade for Showjumper
Georgie Heeney, previously at Eggar’s School, has won the award for Senior Sportswoman of the Year at the recent East Hampshire Sports Awards. This year the awards were introduced by EHDC Councillor Nick Drew and presented by Fred Dinenage, MBE. Winning this award for her participation in showjumping completes an impressive year for Georgie who has also won the Winter National Championship competition and the All England Show Jumping course championships. She also jumped a clear round at the College Schools National Championships at Hickstead last summer (read more here).
Following the family tradition of horse-riding, Georgie has been riding since she was two and showjumping since the age of nine. Her great-grandmother was a European Champion and her grandmother, Sheila Baigent, was the first woman to race at the Hickstead Derby.
Georgie is part of the Alton College Showjumping team and is currently studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. She hopes to go on to become a sports presenter. After finishing at Alton College this summer she plans to have a gap year, during which she will be attending an international show in France. She will continue riding and she also teaches younger children to ride. Georgie is also a keen netball player, playing for the College team and the local club in Alton. Her interest in sport should stand her in good stead for her chosen career path as she “wants to be the next Clare Balding”.
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