Georgina off to the USA

Georgia Pratt with her horse Shake, prior to departing for the US to contest polocrosse events. Picture: DAVID HALL

Georgia Pratt with her horse Shake, prior to departing for the US to contest polocrosse events. Picture: DAVID HALL

BROUGHTON Village's Georgina Pratt has left for what she hopes will be the trip of a lifetime to represent NSW Intermediate Polocrosse during a three-week tour of the US.

The 20-year-old joined the Berry Pony Club at the age of 12 and said while she loved most events, it was the ones which involved speed that interested her the most.

"I suppose you can say that I'm not really a 'girly girl', and when it came to pony club events it was a matter of the faster, the better," Pratt said. "I used to enjoy the sporting events and didn't go much on the 'pretty' stuff.

"We used to do polocrosse once a year at pony club, but that wasn't enough time for me.

"I saw polocrosse as a very exciting event and when I was 15 took it up seriously, and haven't looked back since.

"I joined Burradoo Polocrosse Club on the Southern Highlands, which competes against other clubs on a regular basis."

She enjoys her role as the defender in the three-person game; the field is split into three sections, which limits movement outside your two zones.

Her busy lifestyle includes working on Bailey's farm at Gerringong, studying to become a primary school teacher, and tutoring English and maths.

However, polocrosse is her passion.

"I really can't get enough of it and while my new horse is currently out of action I have been borrowing horses, which we will be doing anyway when we go to America.

"Our three-person team will be helping the USA team prepare for the World Cup and we will be taking part in two two-day events, one in Washington and one in Alabama, which will be part of the World Cup.

"We were invited over because our style is different to the Americans, but I hope that our input doesn't help their side beat the Aussies."

The trio will be billeted to US families while they are away, but Pratt is looking forward to being able to do some sightseeing during the trip.

"I really haven't done much travelling and can't wait to get there."

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