Sports personality Georgina sings and stars in video for Rick Astley single
SHE has been on live TV and met some of the biggest names in UK sport since her grass roots work was recognised.
But now Georgina Moore has topped it all by singing on a new single with childhood idol Rick Astley – and appearing on the song's video with the 80s superstar.
Georgina, from Chipping Sodbury, set up an inclusive sports club after finding that there wasn't one in her area.
Her work with GEM Boccia Club at Yate Leisure Centre led to Georgina being named the BBC West Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero last year.
And when the BBC wanted to encourage more people to nominate unsung heroes for this year's awards, they asked last year's winners back Rick on a new version of his single Every One of Us, which has been released to raise money for charity Children in Need.
Georgina recorded her part for the single remotely but met Rick when the video was recorded in September, and says the experience was "surreal".
She said: "Which 80s child isn’t a fan of Rick Astley?
"Never Gonna Give You Up was a huge record and I even sang it with my rock choir earlier this year! He’s a national treasure.
"On this record he sounds so soulful, and I think it’s a stunning song – very apt for this year and us unsung heroes.
"We recorded everything remotely and the amazing producers layered us all together as an unsung hero choir. You’ll hear us during each chorus.
"We then filmed the video at the Olympic Park, London, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to finally meet Mr Rick Astley!"
Georgina, who has a severe physical disability, said Children in Need was a "fantastic cause and is a charity I can relate to, adding: "I was a child in need and relied on different resources to enable me to live my life.
"I want children to see this and feel inspired that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
"I haven’t been given the same opportunities as other people when it comes to things everyone expects: their own family, career, house, access to basic places, being treated as an equal.
"Now I’ve been given an opportunity that very few people will ever get. I am so grateful for this and I hope it gives the exposure I feel is needed in society today, particularly for disability rights, disability sport and inclusive sport.
"My chosen sport of Boccia is one that is fully inclusive, which communities need and it’s given me a purpose in life. I have created a club in my community that is fully inclusive to all and now I have been given one of the biggest national platforms to promote this."
Georgina called on anyone who knows someone who has worked tirelessly to help others voluntarily to nominate them for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero award.
This year there is also includes an extra award for under 15s.
She said: "It could change their lives in a such a positive way. It certainly has changed mine and I am thankful to all those involved."
Rick Astley said: “When I was asked to launch a single in honour of Unsung Hero and to raise money for BBC Children in Need I didn’t hesitate. Both are brilliant causes and I hope the song can bring a bit of joy and solidarity during what has been a strange and unprecedented year.”
Picture: Rick Astley and Georgina Moore at Olympic Park in London during the filming of the video for Every One of Us. Picture courtesy of BBC