Collyer’s student, Caitlin Ward has won the prestigious Surrey County Rugby Under 18’s Player of the Year Award. The cup was presented to Caitlin last week at the home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium.
A delighted Caitlin said “I’ve really enjoyed this season and it was a dream to receive the cup at Twickenham”
Caitlin only started playing rugby in 2009 but improved quickly and was voted most improved player at London Irish and was also the recipient of a Horsham Rotary Set4Success award in 2011. She started playing rugby in Year 9 at Millais having been prior to that a promising competitor in Karate winning medals and competing in international tournaments all over Europe. Although Caitlin is currently recovering from an injury sustained during the last weekend of the season, she is hoping to be fit for the new season and is looking to add to her honours in the future.
Catlin said: “I was top try scorer at Rugby 7’s festivals this season, so in the future I’m hoping to play rugby at university and then push for England honours at either 15 or 7 aside. The New Zealand international side trained at my club this year and I was impressed with their handling skills and dedication. I’m now aware of how hard you have to work to get to the top.”
In addition to her success with Surrey, Caitlin travels from Horsham to play for her club side, Esher and has also represented London South East Division this season. Caitlin plays at inside or outside centre and prior to her day studying at Collyer’s she trains each morning with a 10km run!
Caitlin added: “I’ve come to rugby pretty late and I would like to thank the RFU volunteers who visited Millais School two or three years ago to enthusiastically promote the sport, as this really sparked my interest. They were so positive and inspirational. Without them I wouldn’t even be playing rugby!”
Collyer’s Principal, Dr Jackie Johnston was thrilled: “We are incredibly proud of Caitlin’s outstanding rugby achievements. She is an extremely popular and talented student who is a credit to Millais School, Collyer’s and Horsham”.