LONDON, May 13. AFTER nine years of excelling at the international level, Great Britain’s Georgina Lee is stepping away from the sport. She retires as the British record holder in the 100 and 200 butterfly events and with numerous accolades on the world stage.
A 23-year-old, Lee won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Championships as part of the English 800 freestyle relay, added silver in the 200 fly and claimed bronze in the 400 medley relay. In 2001, she took bronze in the 200 fly at the European Short Course Championships.
"Many things collectively have led to my decision to retire,” Lee said. “I've been injured recently with a bulging disc in my back that's been a big factor. I've not been able to train these last few months as I would have liked. I graduated in December and a career now features more prominently in my long term plans as I'm motivated to take what I've learned and define a future for myself.”
Lee earned her degree in economics from Southern Methodist University. At last summer’s Olympic Games in Athens, Lee finished 10th in the 200 butterfly and also competed in the 100 butterfly.