Georgina Cassar

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Georgina Cassar
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Country represented  United Kingdom
Regions represented  Gibraltar
Born (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 21)
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Hometown Gibraltar
Residence Bath, United Kingdom
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 58kg
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level Senior International
Club Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association
Head coach(es) Sarah Moon
Former coach(es) Sally Holmes

Georgina Cassar (born 9 September 1993) is a Gibraltarian rhythmic gymnast. She represented Gibraltar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and competed for Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Cassar was born on 9 September 1993 in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom[1] to Maltese banker Franco and English mother Jackie. The family settled in Gibraltar in 1996 when her father took up a senior post at a local bank.[2][3][4] She was mainly educated in Gibraltar having attended Governor's Meadow Primary School, Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School and Westside School.[2]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Cassar began training in ballet at the age of three.[5] Cassar represented Gibraltar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. She came 16th in the overall competition.[4] In 2012 she travelled to Bath to train full-time with the Olympic team.[6] While there, she studied A-levels in psychology, biology and PE at King Edward's School. She planned on remaining in Bath for her second year of A-levels following the games.[7]

Olympic debut[edit]

Cassar competed for Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.[4] She could not represent her native Gibraltar because the Gibraltar Olympic Committee is not recognised by the International Olympic Committee; however, using a similar by-law to Anguillan long jumper Shara Proctor and Turks and Caicos Islander Delano Williams, Cassar was eligible to represent the United Kingdom as Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and so she holds a British passport.[8] She is the first athlete from Gibraltar to compete at the Olympic Games.[7][9]

Cassar appeared on 10 August with the rest of Team GB. They came in 12th and failed to make the finals.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London 2012 - Georgina Cassar profile". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Mascarenhas, Alice (6 August 2012). "Georgina's Olympic Dream". Gibraltar Chronicle. 
  3. ^ Vella, Alex (25 July 2012). "A Maltese link in Team GB". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "London 2012, Georgina Cassar". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Golt, Sonia. "7 Days Interview: Sally Holmes and Georgina Cassar". 7 Days. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ London, Bianca (24 July 2012). "You've heard of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Ennis... now meet the OTHER Olympic babes going for gold". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Georgina Cassar is the rock for history makers". This is Bath. Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ British Overseas Territories
  9. ^ a b Mascarenhas, Alice (11 August 2012). "One great journey ends for Georgina, Gibraltar’s first Olympian". Gibraltar Chronicle. 


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