Katie's award recognises not only her contribution to the development of girls' rugby at Letchworth RFC, but also her efforts to develop the game at Highfield School where she has been instrumental in the foundation and development of a popular girls rugby programme, and also her contribution the coaching of North Hertfordshire girls' tag team for last season's Herts Youth Games.
Katie receiving the exclusive award winners' training top from Letchworth chairman Dave Sharp in front of her team-mates on Sunday, and Katie proudly wearing the top afterwards.
Katie herself only was only introduced the game four years ago when she formed part of the team at the 2004 Youth Games. Along with five other Letchworth girls from that team she came back to the club the following September to learn the "real" game and establish the girls' section at the club.
Within six weeks she and her friends were playing their first game, with Katie at scrum-half – a position she has occupied ever since, including several appearances for the county team.
In 2006 she took over the captaincy, leading her team to a shelf full of trophies in the 2006/7 season – as well as international recognition for her speech at an RFU presentation to the club, when she explained "how rugby changed my life", her sentiments being picked up and reported by rugby websites around the world.
This will be Katie's last season at Letchworth as she ceases to be a "junior" at the end of the season. A new sporting career in student rugby now beckons, but after the contribution she has made to the game in North Hertfordshire we can expect a boom in interest in the game at least one university next year!
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