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Becoming the Combined Services Sportswoman of the Year testifies to the excellence of Jane Leonard, a Corporal in the Army (Royal Engineers) based at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire. She received the award from HRH the Duke of Kent in March 2010, when she was also the British Army Sportswoman of the Year.
Sunderland-born and educated at Whitley Bay HS, she has a BA in Sport Science, from Northumbria University, alongside eight England caps since first playing the game at the age of 18 at the Thirsk Sharks club. She has appeared for Team Northumbria and Lichfield and since rejoined Wasps, whose colours she wore from 2006-09. Jane won the first of her nine caps so far against Ireland in 2007 and returned to the England Elite squad two seasons ago.
A former captain of the Army and Combined Services’ sides, she toured New Zealand with the Army in 2008, having been to South Africa with the England Development squad five years earlier. She has also toured Canada with England and Australia with the Army. She was the welterweight Army boxing champion in 2010 and her other sports have been hockey for North of England U21 and football at county level.
Wood carving, music and getting involved in any physical challenges or competitions are Jane’s hobbies and her favourite ground is Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby. Her most memorable match was in 2011 when the British Army side beat the Australian Combined Services team on their own turf.
Her present mentor is Barry Maddocks, the England Women’s Sevens head coach. During four tournaments in the abbreviated game she has scored six tries. They include one in the first half of the pool match against Brazil at the IRB Womens World Series tournament in Dubai on November 30 2012.
Last updated: December 03, 2012