Episode 36 in an interview with one of the UK’s most high profile Sportswomen, rugby star Katy Daley-Mclean MBE.
We talk about the effect of winning a world cup, the transition to full-time rugby, changing attitudes towards her as a female athlete and what she thinks about the long term future of the game.
Katy Mclean MBE has developed an imitable reputation as both a player and a 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 the game 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, representing England for U18, U19, Academy and England A sides. At the age of 31 Katy is now the highest England point scorer of all time with 401 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 the 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 Womens Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand in Ireland.