Georgia bags full US university scholarship

Team GB athlete's hard work pays off with incredible opportunity

Cornish heptathlete, Georgia Doyle-Lay, has secured the opportunity of a lifetime with a full university scholarship in the United States.

The GB athlete from Zelah, who smashed the Junior Women’s Cornish record for the Heptathlon earlier this year, has always hoped to go to university in the USA and was firmly focussed on realising her dream.

Georgia, who is studying a Diploma in Sport Performance & Excellence and is a member of the Elite Academy programme at Truro and Penwith College, said it was incredible receiving a letter of intent from the McNeese State University offering her a 100% scholarship.

“It’s in between Houston and New Orleans, but for me it was about the coach and I had a great rapport with him,” Georgia explained.

“Apart from flights, everything is covered including kit, books, equipment for track and field, coaching, accommodation and food, as well as tuition fees. I will be studying there for four years with the potential of a fifth to do the equivalent of a masters.”

But, for Georgia, it’s about focussing on her athletic talent.

 “I hope to improve on my personal best and this is like a new lease of life, which I need and want,” she explained.

“I just want to do as well as I can and experience being part of the Cowgirl team.”

The athletics teams at McNeese State are known as the Cowboys and Cowgirls, with members forming a close bond by living, eating and studying together.

Georgia will start her American adventure in August, but she wanted to thank her tutors and lecturers for their support, especially Jamie Willcocks.

“Jamie has always said it’s about getting athletes as fit as possible so they can deal with anything when they get to university, he’s been brilliant.”