Paralympic star Georgie from Shepreth to be recognised at Women of the Year awards
PUBLISHED: 17:26 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 29 September 2015
A GB Paralympian from Shepreth will be recognised for her contribution to society when she attends a prestigious awards ceremony later this month.
Georgie Bullen is severely visually impaired and has been playing Goalball – a Paralympic sport in which players wear blackout masks – since she was spotted by coaches in 2008 at the age of just 14.
She had such a knack for the sport that she was part of the winning team in the 2009 European Championships and played for Team GB at the 2012 London Paralympics.
But Georgie’s success doesn’t stop at her sporting prowess.
The 21-year-old said: “After the Paralympics, I realised life goes on after 2012, and after hearing that two-thirds of visually impaired people are unemployed, I wanted to create a business to try and change people’s perceptions.”
In July last year, Georgie set up Team Insight, a corporate team building events business using Goalball and other blindfolded activities. The format has proved popular that Georgie has since run events for major organisations like O2 and Atos – a reality which, she says, she ‘could never have dreamed of’.
Her company has even gained official endorsement from the RNIB.
In recognition of her work, Georgie has been invited to the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards on Monday, October 19, which brings together more than 400 women, all of whom have achieved something great.
She said: “I’m really excited about the awards. It seems to be an afternoon spent being inspired by all of the women around you.
“I’m touched and honoured to have been invited.”
Previous award winners include Baroness Doreen Lawrence, a campaigner for justice following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993, Fahma Mohammed, an anti-FGM activist and Katie Piper, who set up a charity to help burns survivors after being the victim of a brutal acid attack.
Women of the Year president Sandi Toksvig said: “The remarkable women who make up the attendees and winners at this year’s lunch are being recognised for their strides in making the world a better place.”
The awards have been celebrating the success of women for 60 years. Visit www.womenoftheyear.co.uk to find out more.