Sport - Katy McLean
Hailing from the North East of England, Katy Mclean MBE, is one of the UK’s most high profile sportswomen and has developed a reputation as a great player and leader. Born in South Shields in December 1985, she has amassed both an enviable career record and a high profile within the sport. Following in the footsteps of dad David and uncle Harold, Katy began taking part in Rugby Union at the age of 5 and was involved in mixed rugby from the ages of 6 to 12 years of age.
Although forced to pursue other sports including hockey, netball and football until the age of 16, as there were no girls’ teams in the region, Katy soon returned to her first passion and excelled. She represented England at U18 and U19 levels, and England A sides. At the age of 31, Katy is now the highest England point scorer of all time with 401 points in 90 matches. Katy also held the England captaincy for over four years and led her nation to a famous IRB World Cup victory at the Jean Bouin stadium, Paris in 2014.
Having achieved the ultimate honour in the 15-a-side version of the game, Katy was one of only 20 players in 2014 to be offered a full-time 7's contract by the RFU. She went on to represent the British Women’s Sevens squad in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, contributing 17 points from a try and six conversions during this global event. In 2017, Katy was offered a full-time contract again, this time in the 15-a-side verison of the game, where she earned her place back as England's first choice fly half. She went on to play a key role in securing Englands place in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand in Ireland.