Twigg sets sights on Rio ahead of busy 2015

02 January 2015 / 11:00

Olympic bronze medallist Georgie Twigg says 2014 was the perfect preparation as England’s women go in search of Olympic qualification in the New Year.

Twigg and co finished the year with a fifth-place finish at the Hockey Champions Trophy in Mendoza after claiming silver at the Commonwealth Games in the summer.

And the 24-year-old believes that a busy year of competition has set the squad up perfectly for a demanding 2015 schedule that will see them vie for a spot for Great Britain at Rio 2016.

“The Olympic qualifiers are this year and it's going to be a similar format – a quarter-final game which is going to be the crunch game so it was really good preparation for next year which is obviously going to be our biggest year yet,” Twigg told the Lincolnshire Echo.

“Our next big target is the Olympic qualifiers, which are in May and June time, then later on in the summer we have the European Championships, which are at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, formerly Eton Manor – the 2012 Olympic hockey venue.

“That will be a fantastic tournament and it will be so exciting to be back in London.

“We're heading into a heavy training block now which is tough but we're ready for that and if we put in the hard work now hopefully we'll reap the rewards later in the year.”

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