When I was around eight or nine years old I would say: 'Hi my name’s Georgia Wilson and I am going to play for the Australian Hockeyroos team’," Australian hockey player Georgia Wilson says laughing.
When Georgia, a kid from the Perth Hills was selected for the Australian Hockeyroos team, it was a dream come true. She was representing her country on the field, but the dream soon became a nightmare after a shock injury left her needing surgery. "I fell over a stick during training and I found out later that it was, in fact, an ACL rupture which means a complete 12-month break from sport." Ten days after her injury, Georgia underwent reconstructive knee surgery.
When Georgia woke after surgery not being able to move her leg, she realised that getting back in the green and gold was going to take time and a lot of hard work. "I was really overwhelmed and saddened.” “One of the hardest things was not being able to accept how I was feeling, and I thought that I should be feeling a different way, and as a result, I felt even worse about myself and what I was going through…there were a lot of breakdowns."
Luckily for Georgia, she had the support of her family and her teammates every step of the way.
As an HBF member, Georgia had peace of mind knowing her rehabilitation would be covered, giving her time to focus on her recovery.
"I was able to access physio and have a lot of that covered, which is why I choose to be with HBF. It definitely was a huge relief knowing that side of the injury would be taken care of."
Being off the field gave Georgia time to develop and evolve new passions. It was with that the Activ8, a hockey training camp for kids, was born.
"I stated Activ8 this year and I held my first camp in July, which sold out. To be able to have created something and bring hockey and these kids’ heroes to them; that for me was a very proud moment I was able to achieve off the field."
"I would never have been able to have that experience had I not done my knee."
Georgia worked tirelessly over the next 12 months, never giving up, and is now back in the squad wearing the green and gold, representing her country.
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