Side-lined star begins long road back from injury

As the Hockeyroos line up against Canada today in the first round of a battle for Commonwealth gold, UWA’s Georgia Wilson, will be cheering them on while recovering from a knee injury, sustained just weeks before the Games kicked off on the Gold Coast.

The talented 21-year-old midfielder and Bachelor of Science student, who made her debut for the national side in June last year, tore her left anterior cruciate ligament during training with the Australian side in January.

She’ll join other side-lined Hockeyroos members in watching the action at home in Perth in between a demanding rehabilitation schedule that includes swimming, gym and strength training as she works to keep her fitness.

“It’s been three months now and I’m finally starting to process the ordeal,” Georgia says, describing the injury as the lowest point of her life.

Georgia putting on a knee brace

"I was continually asking myself why when it first happened. I had just invested six weeks of pure pain and dedication in my pre-season and had set a new personal best beep test of 13.8 the day before the accident. I was putting everything I had into competing in the Commonwealth Games and we also had the 2018 World Cup coming up in London in July."

Then just to have the entire year of international competition taken in a matter of seconds. It’s the cruel side to playing elite sport that probably rarely gets spoken about

The Hockeyroos, who are shooting for a fourth-consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal, will be without a WA representative after striker Kathryn Slattery was left out of the 18-strong squad, on top of Georgia being ruled out with injury.  

Brianna Throssell cuts a swathe through the pool.
Georgia with Hockeyroos Goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram

With her injury likely to keep her sidelined for a year, the student athlete says she almost immediately began the lengthy rehabilitation process (“I still feel terrible but I’ve been getting the job done”) and says she’s confident she can make an impact in the sport on her return.

She says her ultimate sporting goal is to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and win a gold medal for Australia. “My focus now has shifted to be able to walk again, to run, and to slowly return to playing the sport I love so much for my country.”

With plans to study Medicine post grad, she also intends to volunteer at the Perth Children’s Hospital when it opens and is currently indulging in her love of cooking to fill in the hours between rehab and study.

“It hasn’t been great but I have no doubt I’ll come back,” she says. “I’m just going to have to make sure I am patient. It gives me the opportunity too to work on some weaknesses like my agility and my running technique.

“I’d really like to thank all of those who are helping me on this journey and who have supported me through this. It’s nice to know I’m on the road back!”

Georgia cooking

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