Georgia Griffith had always enjoyed running so when she moved to the city in her mid-teens, she decided to commence regular training and just days after her 17th birthday she tasted success, winning the 2013 Australian All Schools Championships 800m gold medal in 2:09. Breakthroughs followed later that summer, with consecutive personal bests seeing her end-of-season mark sitting at 2:05.77.
At the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, she ran back-to-back 2:04 times in the heat and semi-final before a PB of 2:04.00 and a fourth place in the final behind teammate Georgia Wassall. She also ran in the 4x400m relay which placed seventh in the final.
Her 2016/17 season was another breakthrough campaign with three domestic season 800m PBs, eventually seeing the mark sit at 2:02.09. After a stint of altitude training at Flagstaff she stunned the Australian distance community with massive career bests five days apart in Portland. She first ran 2:00.90 for the 800m, to qualify for the IAAF world championships, move to 13th on the Australian all-time list and record the fastest time by an Australian for six years. Five days later, she sliced six seconds from her 1500m career best with a time of 4:07.32, also moving to 13th on the Australian all-time list and her second world championships qualifier for the week. She was selected to compete in both events at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, becoming the first Australian athlete to compete in both events at the same world championships.
Although not progressing out of the heats in both events she was competitive in her senior debut. She was fifth in the 800m (2:03.54) and 11th in the 1500m (4:08.99). Two weeks later she competed at the World University Games in Taipei where she concentrated on just the 800m. Running well in the early rounds, she just missed a medal in the final, by 0.3 seconds, filling fourth place. But after the event, the winner, Cuba’s Rose Almanza Blanco, was disqualified for running on the inside of the track. Griffith stood on the podium and proudly accepted the bronze medal. But later that evening, after a protest from Cuba, the winner was re-instated and Griffith relegated to her original finishing position of fourth.
For a tilt at the Commonwealth Games, Griffith narrowed her focus to the 800m for the 2017/18 season. In January she ran her second fastest ever time, clocking 2:01.09. At the Australian Championships, she placed third, but second Australian to ensure automatic nomination to the Games team.
Georgia’s hero is Charlene Rendina, the Australian record holder in the 800m for more than thirty years.