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.
"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