My name is Georgia Martin and I am a graduate from the University of Bath, where i earned a BSc in Sports Performance. As a passionate sportswoman I came to Bath as an aspiring Olympic athlete and I came away as a person who wants to champion change.
I have been an athlete for most of my life, for years it was all I ever knew. For ten years I was a swimmer, but when talent spotted, I joined the British Rowing World Class START programme at the age of 16. START identifies and develops high-potential athletes to become Olympic rowers. For the next four years, I trained 20-hour weeks while studying. In that time, I represented England and won at Henley Royal Regatta. When injury led to the end of my rowing career, I put my training time to a different use, and I am now venturing onto things i have never dreamed of before.
I came across KickOff@3 when researching my dissertation, which is looking into youth crime and how sports-based crime prevention programmes can help to reduce crime. Specifically, into the impact mentors have on young people. Kickoff@3 stood out to me because of its ethos, everything about it is so selfless and done with such passion that I was truly inspired. When Michael mentioned that he is working on SwimOff@3, my eyes lit up because swimming is where I started as an athlete. I was inspired to help and that is what I hope to do as a volunteer. I want to use this platform to enhance my understanding of the impact of this programme, but mainly to work with and inspire young people.
I am hoping to join the police and i believe in kickoff@3, therefore I hope that wherever I end up being a police officer I can implement the kickoff@3 ethos.