Rugby player Katy Storie has captained the England ‘A’ team, played 24 times for the senior England team, won a record four consecutive Six Nations titles and three European Championships and narrowly lost out in the World Cup final in 2006.
Throughout her school-years, Katy was always embarrassed by her size and strength. She struggled with her body image and spent years trying to fit in with the other girls at school.
Her career began when she responded to an advert in the local paper for a female weightlifter to represent Sutton in the London Youth Games. Immediately she set foot in the gym, Katy finally realised that there was a reason she was built differently. Her confidence soared and she progressed quickly into the Great Britain junior and senior weightlifting squads, competing for three years at that level.
In her first year at Newcastle University, Katy was introduced to rugby and as soon as she had the ball in her hands she was hooked.
Katy has been an Athlete Mentor for a number of years and comments: “Sky Sports Living for Sport has shown young people who may be struggling with their own problems that it is precisely what is different about you that makes you so special. Sport is a powerful tool which can influence your life in so many positive ways. Being an Athlete Mentor for young people in the UK has been an incredible and privileged experience for me.
“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 I meet recognise the type of person they want to be and given them the drive and determination to succeed."
- Six Nations Winner
- World Cup Silver Medallist
- England A Captain
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