Special Olympics GB Athlete
Born with Down’s Syndrome, Georgina Hulme and her family faced huge discrimination and complete social exclusion. Then her family discovered that Special Olympics GB offered an opportunity for Georgina to stay fit, to meet people and to be part of something meaningful.
At the age of 8, Georgina represented Great Britain as a gymnast in the Special Olympics European Summer Games in 1985, winning two medals.
Georgina’s success inspired her with confidence in her own ability. Over the next ten years, she competed as a gymnast representing the North West Region of England and Great Britain on numerous occasions and became a Master Gymnast – the only learning disabled person in the world to be awarded this honour.
Today, Georgina still competes as a Special Olympics athlete in swimming. She is also an assistant coach, supporting others with learning disabilities to develop their skills and confidence. In addition, having attended college and developed a range of practical vocational skills, Georgina now works as an assistant chef at a highly reputable Cheshire restaurant.
In 2010, Georgina’s life and experience in the world of learning disabled sport were featured in the book, Mentality: The Secrets of Success: How Leading Sports Personalities in Britain Made It To The Top, by Joe Sillett and Karl Morris (Sales of the book help support Special Olympics GB, you can buy the book online today)
Georgina believes that Special Olympics GB gave her a chance to show both herself and others what she could do and it has been an integral aspect of everything she has achieved since.
Georgina served as the athlete representative on the Special Olympics GB Board from 2007 until 2010 and became one of the charity's Ambassadors in 2004.