Katy on the ball for school visit

Katy Storie with Year 9 pupils at John Spence Community High School.
Katy Storie with Year 9 pupils at John Spence Community High School.

A rugby international has been giving out tips to youngsters while encouraging others to give it a try.

Katy Storie, capped 24 times by England and winner of a record four consecutive Six Nations titles, visited John Spence Community High School.

She talked about her journey from childhood, and struggling with her body image, to international rugby player. Her confidence soared when she took up weightlifting to represent Sutton in the London Youth Games, and then in her first year at Newcastle University, she was introduced to rugby and was hooked.

Katy, now an athlete mentor for the Sky Living for Sport programme, said: “Sport can help young people who may be struggling with their own problems that it is precisely what is different about you that make you so special. Sport is a powerful tool which can influence your life in so many positive ways.”

“I struggled with my body image throughout my youth, and I really want to use my story to help students realise their own potential and open up their feelings.

“I hope my experiences have helped the young people in John Spence recognise the type of person they want to be and given them the drive and determination to succeed.”