A TEACHER who launched her career on Wearside has scored an award after leading her team to national glory.
Rugby player Katy Mclean, who skippered England to World Cup glory, has been named North East Sports Personality of the Year at a glittering ceremony.
The 29-year-old left her job at Bexhill Academy in Town End Farm earlier this year to take up a professional contract to become a full-time professional on the pitch.
She won the award for leading her country to World Cup victory in August - the first time England have ever won the trophy.
The awards, organised by the BBC, aims to celebrate the achievements of the region’s sporting stars.
Ali Brownlee who co-presented the ceremony, told the audience: “Katy Mclean, fly-half and captain of England’s women’s rugby team, is a very deserving North East Sports Personality of the Year after leading her team to a magnificent win over Canada at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris in August.
“Our region has a terrific sporting heritage, and a huge army of sports fans.
“We’re delighted we could bring so many people together to share the memories of the past 12 months.”
Katy started playing rugby though to her father, David, who played for Westoe Rugby Club in South Shields, her home town.
She took over the captaincy from Catherine Spencer after the 2010 World Cup.
Katy was also honoured with an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to rugby.
Other winners included Sunderland Ladies FC, Teesside Paralympian Jade Jones and Newcastle Eagles basketball coach Fab Flournoy.