Olympian Gorgs on target at local schools visits

Ged Goulsbra and Georgina Geikie instructing the students at Caistor Yarborough Academy.  (Lin) EMN-141010-153256001
Ged Goulsbra and Georgina Geikie instructing the students at Caistor Yarborough Academy. (Lin) EMN-141010-153256001
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Olympic pistol shooter 
Georgina Geikie has been in the area to inspire youngsters to get on target and try out the sport.

Georgina (Gorgs) is the only British Pistol Shooter to have ever won an Olympic Quota Place and competed in the Olympics.

Olympic Pistol Shooter Georgina Geikie (Gorgs) gives some advice to this year eight group at De Aston School EMN-141010-125106001

Olympic Pistol Shooter Georgina Geikie (Gorgs) gives some advice to this year eight group at De Aston School EMN-141010-125106001

She is also a double Commonwealth bronze medallist and the current Senior Ladies Air and Sport Pistol Qualification and Finals Record Holder.

And last week, she visited Caistor Yarborough Academy and Market Rasen’s De Aston School to help raise awareness of the sport and pass on her skills to more than 120 students.

“We are very privileged to have an Olympian visit the school and town’s shooting club,” said Huw Williams, head of PE at De Aston.

“It is giving the students something different to try; it’s also something I haven’t done before, so I am looking forward to having a go.”

Georgina’s visit also included time at Market Rasen Rifle Club, through the Sportivate programme, the Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport.

And at Caistor, Ged Goulsbra from Trackside Guns and 
Archery Ltd was on hand to help.

“Today was a different opportunity to try something new. It was great to have someone so experienced as Georgina teaching us,” said Caistor Yarborough student Niamh Skipworth.

”It was an enjoyable alternative to a regular PE lesson,” added Callum Yates.

And PE teacher Simon Chadwick agreed: “It was a great opportunity to try something new and it was lovely of the clubs and Georgina to do this in their own time with schools.”

The Devonshire shooter came up through Sporting Champions, a Sport England initiative which brings world-class athletes face-to-face with young people to inspire and motivate them.

The visit was organised by Dave Carter of the Market Rasen Club and Development Officer for Lincolnshire Small Bore Rifle Association.

“This is the first time we have used the portable shooting range and the youngsters have certainly enjoyed it,” he said.

“We now have 30 youngsters from De Aston’s boarding section coming down to the club (Market Rasen) on Wednesday nights and more people today have said they would like to come along too.

“We would also like to thank Edgar Brothers, through Forest Lodge Guns at Wragby, for sponsoring the event by providing pistols, rifles and scopes.”