Geikie gunning for Games glory
July 24, 2012 18:42 pm
Georgina Geikie is ready to swap pulling pints for pulling the trigger as she goes in search of Olympic glory next week.
The 27-year-old shooter from Devon will be cheered on by a pub full of locals when she takes aim in the 25m air pistol at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Geikie had to combine her Olympic shooting preparations with working as a part-time barmaid at the Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton.
"The pub does have a TV and lots of people have told me they will be watching," she said. "Everyone is really getting into the vibe of an Olympic Games in their own country."
Geikie got an early taste of Olympic fever when she carried the torch through her home county in May. But the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner admits to still being a little star-struck as she rubs shoulders with the great and the good around the Olympic Village.
"I was very starry-eyed over the first couple of days, especially when we had our welcome to the village by Sir Clive Woodward, who is an absolute hero of mine," she added.
"It's gone on from there, seeing other people from around the village who I've idolised - but actually wearing the same uniform as them and competing on a level playing field. It just shows that shooting is a sport on the same level. A gold medal is worth the same."
Geikie achieved the required Olympic qualifying standard at the European Championships last year where she finished 13th.
Team Leader Phil Scanlan has set hit shooters the target of at least one medal to end a drought which stretches back to Sydney 2000.
He said: "We moved in well and we're very happy with the village, it's a fantastic set-up, the shooting range looks great and really we couldn't be happier."
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