|Weight||73kg (11st 6lb)|
Vicky is a talented woman. As well as being an elite athlete and established member of the England Women’s Rugby team, she is also a personal trainer, gives advice on diet and nutrition, coaches, delivers motivational speeches, does some media and promotional work and is apparently pretty good with a pair of scissors. And, as it says on her own website, ‘Fleeto certainly does not possess the cauliflower ears and flat-nosed attributes of her male counterparts…something that we’re all thankful for.’
Born in Nuneaton, Vicky began playing rugby at the age of 14 after tiring of watching her brother play it. This took her away from athletics where she was once the UK’s number one junior hurdler. In her same year at school was England’s Manu Tuilagi. In 2008, she switched from centre to hooker and a month later she was playing for England Under-20s in a 31-0 victory over their Welsh counterparts in Cardiff.
Further educated at Leeds Metropolitan University where Martin Hynes, the under-20s forwards coach, helped mentor and develop Vicky’s skills on the pitch while off it, she earned a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She began her association with her present club Lichfield at the same time.
Outside of rugby, she is a primary school teacher in Hinkley and offers personal training at the Training Shed in Market Harborough. She also loves to cook and make her own recipes although it’s unlikely that any of them contain doughnuts such is her commitment to diet and fitness.
She is also an advocate of pushing the women’s game further. As it says on her website, “in the last 18 months women’s rugby has just grown so much…the recognition we’re getting is great. It’ll be exciting to see where it goes from here.” Vicky will doubtless play a major role in that although she also likes to keep her blossoming rugby prowess quiet. “I don’t really tell people I play for England,” she once said. “If one of my friends does tell someone I normally get told I’ve got bigger arms that they have. I’d rather they didn’t point that out.”
And those arms will be getting bigger as she works tirelessly on her game with Simon Hardy, the line-out throwing coach. He is her mentor while she admires Tom Youngs. “He is an incredible player. .and an absolute beast!”
One for the long term future of England Vicky now says that the Nations Cup is high on her list of memorable occasions. “It was a great tournament for development,” she said, “and I got to play out of position at flanker which was a lot of fun. I even got a try in the final!”
Last updated: March 18, 2014