Great Britain Acrobatic Gymnast & World Champion, Georgia Lancaster joins the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Georgia has joined our BRIT Ambassador family and is championing the BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
Georgia is a former Acrobatic Gymnast who, along with Elise Matthews and Millie Spalding, became the first Great Britain trio to win the World Championship title. She competed for over eleven years both nationally and internationally, also achieving British Champion 3 times, 2nd in Europe and World Cup Champion.
"Having spent my entire childhood training as a gymnast and 11 years competing both nationally and internationally, I’ve become very aware of the worrying increase in mental health challenges facing students and young adults. This time now is really critical to take action, and do more to avoid students facing the effects of long-term mental health difficulties.
I am really BRIT are determined to improve the mental health of young adults across the UK by delivering their annual BRIT Challenge. It’s really great to see how inclusive the event has been designed to be; enabling students and staff of all abilities to participate and work together as a team - covering the distance of 2,022 miles together, by either hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding).
I’m excited to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family to promote the BRIT Challenge, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion. I strongly urge my fellow elite gymnasts and athletes from all sports to join our BRIT Ambassador family and assist in encouraging universities, colleges and students to take part in the annual BRIT Challenge.
I would be delighted to support and encourage students and staff at the University of Newcastle and Newcastle College as they take on their BRIT Challenge”.
Great Britain Acrobatic Gymnast and World Champion
Georgia started basic gymnastics at Spelthorne Gymnastics Club at the age of 2 and a half, and moved into acrobatics at the age of 5. She trained at Spelthorne until 2010, followed by a move to Heathrow Gymnastics Club where she trained until her retirement in July 2014.
Georgia competed both nationally and internationally as an acrobatic gymnast for over eleven years. She achieved titles including:
British Champion three times; in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She won the Championship twice as a Women’s Pair, with partner Megan Garraghan, and once in a Women’s Group , with Elise Matthews and Millie Spalding.
European Championships 2nd place- Portugal, Senior Women’s Group
World Games 2013, 2nd place- Colombia, Senior Women’s Group
World Cup 1st place- 2013- Portugal, Senior Women’s Group
In 2014, Georgia, Elise and Millie won gold at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Levallois, Paris. They became the first Great Britain trio to win the Senior World Championships historically.
Georgia was a member of Spelbound, the 2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners, as an acrobatic gymnast. Notable performances included the O2 Arena, 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the Royal Variety Show 2012, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Paul O’Grady Show & a London Fashion Week photo shoot. Georgia also supported with the auditioning and training with some of BBC’s Tumble performers.
Following her World Championship win in 2014, Georgia retired from the sport and coached for a few months before changing careers into a managerial sales role. This has been her predominant focus, aside from one year out to do care work for the elderly during the pandemic.
Outside of her work commitments, Georgia has also maintained her interest and participation in the gymnastics community and has coached and developed young gymnasts for local competitions and displays.
To find out more about British Gymnastics, please visit their website.
You can follow Georgia on Twitter and Instagram.