Olympian Georgina Cassar considers her future in rhythmic gymnastics
Georgina Cassar is considering her sporting future after admitting nothing she goes on to achieve in rhythmic gymnastics will better the past 12 months.
The Bath-based 19-year-old formed one sixth of the first ever British rhythmic gymnastics team to compete at an Olympic Games in the summer.
Since finishing 12th at London 2012 the squad have gone their separate ways, with Cassar enjoying some much-needed rest and recuperation.
She is back at King Edward’s School after taking a year out of her A-level studies and is training as an individual athlete once again, having previously represented Gibraltar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi..
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“We went through so much in the build up to London 2012, so many ups and downs, that I don’t think I will ever be able to forget it,” said Cassar.
“I might go for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 but I also want to do other things and go to university and study media and journalism and try and become a TV presenter.
“Whatever happens, I have reached my main aim in life so I am quite happy. I will always be an Olympian and that is something that no-one can take away from me.
“I am enjoying being back at school and having a bit of a break. I am still training most days, though, apart from Sunday.”
Cassar still lives with team-mate Jade Faulkner in Bath and studies alongside Lynne Hutchison at KES.
With a lack of funding for the rhythmic discipline of gymnastics in Britain, Cassar admitted the prospect of the group continuing to compete together was always a slim one.
“We have split up as a group, some have gone into coaching and the rest of us have gone back to being individuals,” she added.
“That was always going to be the case because we don’t get the funding, there was no way really that we could have stayed together and trained 24/7.”
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