By LAWRENCE MACHADO
Georgia Winkcup, 24, who runs in the 3000m steeplechase, has a rich pedigree: Her grandmother Betty Moore was an 80m hurdles world record holder.
Moore set hurdles records for NSW during the 1950s while at university and travelled to England where she started training with the British athletics team, winning the British hurdles championship.
She was selected to represent Great Britain in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome but was disqualified from competing because she had lived in Britain for only 22 months, two months short of the required time.
Her Olympic dream has now been passed down to her granddaughter who juggles her corporate law career with her love of athletics
“I started athletics at Cherrybrook Little Athletics because my grandma had been a fantastic hurdler when she was younger and she encouraged my cousins, brothers and I to have a go,” Winkcup says in her Olympic profile.
Initially a distance runner, in her teens she started steeplechasing under her then-coach Ross Forster. She enjoyed the event and had some success.
She won the 2013 All-Australian under-18 2000m steeplechase title and was a finalist at the 2016 World Junior Championships. Winkcup’s success is impressive as she had to overcome injuries and setbacks.
In 2019, Winkcup broke the national 3000m steeplechase record while winning gold.