Posted on 09 Aug 2018
An aspiring Olympian is now splitting her time between her oars and the onus of proof, supporting clients at Slater and Gordon’s Penrith office.
Georgia Nesbitt has represented Australia at five World Championships, including a silver medal in last year’s Lightweight Quadruple Scull event in the US.
Born and bred in Tasmania, Ms Nesbitt now has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Japan while also working as a Law Clerk for the law firm.
Ms Nesbitt spends most days training with the Australian Female Rowing Team, which is also conveniently based at Penrith.
However, this year, she has spent her one free weekday working out of Slater and Gordon’s nearby office.
And while she is working as hard as possible to achieve her sporting dreams, her long-term goal is to build a successful legal career once her rowing career is over – after completing her law degree at the University of Tasmania in 2016.
“It’s been really great being able to manage my rowing commitments while still pursuing my passion for the law,” Ms Nesbitt said. “Rowing does take up much of my life, but it’s great that I have been given this great opportunity to learn and grow my legal career.
“I especially like having something to look forward to while I’m training – working at Slater and Gordon has kept me sane.
“And it’s pretty satisfying to start using what I’ve been studying and learning through my law degree in a professional setting.”
Ms Nesbitt first took up rowing while in high school but took it more seriously after returning from a gap year in 2010 while living in Scotland.
“I didn’t really have much opportunity to row while I was in the UK so it really helped me realise how much I missed the sport,” Ms Nesbitt said.
“I used to be into every sport at school, athletics, cross country, water polo, netball, swimming, soccer and hockey.
“But there was something about rowing that I really enjoyed, there were a lot of components to it, you needed to be fit, and there was a techniques discipline element to it.”
The 26-year-old said she was working to be selected for the 2020 Olympics, hoping to achieve strong results in upcoming international and national competitions.
“It is pretty cut throat to get selected, I just need to be as consistent as possible and work as hard as I can,” Ms Nesbitt said.
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