|Squad||Darlington Mowden Park Sharks|
|Weight||70kg (11st 0lb)|
Katy is a proud Sand Dancer and by that I don’t mean she dances on sand. She hails from South Shields and that makes you a Sand Dancer by all accounts and certainly not a Geordie nor a Mackem.
The Darlington Mowden Park Sharks No 10 mixes her rugby playing with her job as a Primary School teacher at the Bexhill Academy in Sunderland, teaching everything to four and five year-olds. She used to work in football at Sunderland where she was a family learning officer working in deprived areas with children who left school with no qualifications. Now she aims to make sure the local kids get the best start in life as possible.
Katy got into rugby through her dad, David who played for Westoe in the land of the Sand Dancer. “I got involved at five or six, just wanting to have a go,” she remembers. Jonny Wilkinson became her inspiration. “He’s a top bloke and I kicked with him before the last World Cup. His work ethic is immense but he’s down-to-earth and easy to chat to.” That quote was taken from a 20 questions with…article which proves that Katy, too, is down-to-earth and easy to chat do. In it, she admitted that she used to put her right sock on first…”but I forgot one day and didn’t break anything or die so that’s gone out of the window.” Possibly with her right sock.
Katy is England’s chief points-scorer and a mainstay of the team. England coach, Gary Street, calls her “my eyes on the pitch”. He said, “You need thinking players and Katy is one of those.”
In her early teens, it appeared that rugby might lose such a talent. A lack of organised rugby at her comprehensive school forced her to play regional hockey instead but she was soon back playing the sport she loves. “Most girls were playing with their Barbies, I was rolling around in the mud. It’s such a big part of my life.”
And it remains so. Katy is a person who never stands still. She remains a crucial cog in England’s team.
Last updated: February 24, 2014