Georgie Twigg, Olympic Gold Medallist at Rio 2016, confirmed that she is retiring from international hockey in a ceremony held at half time of Sunday night’s England v Ireland match at the Vitality Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley.
Along with fellow legend, Crista Cullen, “Twiggy” as she is affectionately known, was honoured and thanked by a capacity crowd of around 10,000 spectators, having won 79 caps for England and 68 caps for Great Britain, scoring twelve goals in a career lasting from 2010-2016.
Twiggy played for her hometown club, Lincoln before moving to Cannock. She joined Clifton (now Clifton Robinsons) in 2008 before joining newly promoted Surbiton in 2012. She decided to train as a solicitor, and was allowed to postpone her placement in order to follow her Olympic dream.
After winning bronze at London 2012, Twiggy won gold at Rio in 2016, the culmination of her international career.
Twiggy has now decided to give up international hockey to concentrate on her legal career.
Other highlights were winning the EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley in 2015, the year she also won gold in the World League semi-final. She was seconds away from winning Commonwealth Gold in Glasgow in 2014 before Australia’s late equaliser forced a shootout.
Twiggy has also been a key part in the Surbiton Ladies team which has won the Investec Women’s Hockey League title for the last five years as well as Investec Women’s Cup glory as well as playing in the EuroHockey Club Cup.
Her Surbiton team-mate, Hannah Martin said after the Ireland match, “Twiggy has been amazing and phenomenal and I congratulate her on a brilliant career.”
Twiggy’s England Hockey international page is still available here