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Exeter athlete receives coach name honour
23 Jan 2012
Going for gold: Exeter athlete receives coach name honour
Exeter athlete Georgina Geikie unveiled a National Express coach named in honour of her impressive sporting achievements.
27 year old Georgina (known to most as Gorgs) is Britain’s number one lady pistol shooter and Commonwealth Games England double bronze medallist.
The special dedication took place at Exeter Bus Station on Friday 20 January 2012 to recognise the Commonwealth hopeful’s commitment to pistol shooting. National Express sponsor the Commonwealth Games England (CGE) team and also provided Gorgs Geikie with free coach travel to assist with training.
Gorgs said: “The free travel from National Express is so helpful. I live in Devon and find myself travelling to London and the airport a lot for training and competitions around the world. I use National Express regularly because I can board at Exeter and three hours later I’m in Heathrow. My Mum already calls the 501 service ‘my coach’ as I use it so much!”
The dedicated coach, which will travel hundreds of miles between Exeter and London every week, will carry Gorgs’ name at the entrance door and underneath the driver’s window.
“I feel honoured to have a National Express coach named after me. It symbolises my sporting career and the journey I am taking to prepare for the next Commonwealth Games in 2014. I hope it can inspire others to pursue their dream.” Gorgs added.
Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director of National Express UK Coach said: “We’re proud to support emerging British sports stars such as Georgina by providing unlimited free coach travel to assist with their training and competitions.
We’ve dedicated coaches to sportsmen and women across the country and will be delighted to unveil this special design in recognition of Georgina’s achievements in the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully it will raise awareness of the commitment and dedication that these young people show to British sport.”
National Express’ free travel initiative enables all medal winning athletes from the 2010 Commonwealth Games England team to attend training; competitions and championships up and down the country, as well as trips to visit family and friends.
National Express has also painted one of its coaches gold in honour of the athletes who are currently training and competing to represent England at the next Commonwealth Games. The coach travels between London, Brighton and Heathrow Airport covering an average of 150,000 miles per year - the equivalent of running 5,725 marathons.