London 2012 Paralympics: Georgina Bullen
Time Out meets the young goalball player who loves doughnuts at Selfridges
What would your advice be to someone taking up your sport?
It might feel weird and foreign at first, but stick with it, it soon becomes second nature. Your body works the same with eye shades on as with eye shades off.
What have you had to give up in order to do hours of rigorous training? Do you regret this at all?
I love drama and was in a drama group where we had the opportunity to be in plays and sometimes work on tv. This is what I want to do in the future, it's not a regret but remains a wish.
If the monarchy suddenly disbanded, what song would you want played at your gold medal ceremony instead?
'Sing' by My Chemical Romance.
What's your London guilty pleasure and favourite spot?
The Krispy Creme Donouts counter in Selfridges. I love wandering round the food hall and have to buy the donuts when I'm there.
Who's your Olympics crush?
When I was 8 I went out with Johnny Peacock and he is now a paralympian. I have always been fond of him.
Many people start practising a sport but never make it to competition level - what made you persist and what advice would you give others?
Well I was talented and it wasn't in me to quit as I had this amazing opportunity to get to 2012. There was a moment when it could have gone either way. Although it's a cliche I would say 'follow the dream'.
What goes through your head whilst competing? Do you have any superstitions or mental tricks?
Don't let the ball in, Don't let the ball in, Don't let the ball in, keep strong don't let the team down.
What does your diet consist of, and how does it change when you're training?
I have to maintain my three main meals a day but we always say a two lunch day is a happy day. I guess it's the usual – lots of pasta, chicken, vegetables, lots of water keep up fluid intake during training. We are usually starving after a full day's training and of course I'm very partial to Terry's Chocolate Orange! It was my birthday during a long recent training camp and the whole squad went out to celebrate at Pizza Express, a real treat.
What physical achievement are you most proud of?
As a team winning the Gold at the European Championships 2009 against all the odds and predictions. But personally it was winning a game against USA who are the current Pralympic Gold medal holders where I scored two goals and didn't let any in.
What will be unique about a London Paralympics?
On home soil,we will have the support of the nation behind us. To go as a spectator would be enough of an experience but to go as a competitor is beyond excitement.